Beware of the Magic Seven Travel scam

Magic Seven Travel scam

Magic Seven Travel scam

Dad just won $180,000! It must be true because, out of the blue, he received two scratch cards  only one of which won anything. The scratch cards included assurances of privacy, rules, and details of how to claim a prize. The cards came with a glossy brochure from Magic Seven Travel celebrating its 12th anniversary.

At first glance it looked fairly convincing. On closer inspection there were a few things that didn’t add up. The letter, which had stamps that showed it came from Malaysia, was not only to my father, but also my mother who had died four years ago. The brochure didn’t really say much about travel  and generally didn’t read very well. Dad hadn’t had any contact with a travel agency like this. Anyway, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!

But I can see how some people could be fooled by the glossy brochure and the quality of the scratch card.

It is a variation of a scam that has been around for quite a while (see Fake lottery tickets can turn Canberra ‘winners’ into big losers in a hurry). If you contact them, you’ll have to pay fees or taxes before being able to claim your prize. Over the last 12 months, Australians have lost over $1 million to unexpected prize and lottery scams.

While I’m sure Dad (who recently turned 90) would not have fallen for this scam, we have stopped him in the past from responding to official looking emails which were scams. One of the advantages of strong families and communities is that we can keep an eye out for each other and help avoid these types of scam.

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About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), environmentalist, Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace & sustainability.
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6 Responses to Beware of the Magic Seven Travel scam

  1. Keith Self says:

    Now called MAGIC HAMMER TRAVEL, and wow…….my wife won the 2nd prize of US$190!!! an increase of $10,000 over last year. Fairly well done SCAM! Evan states the cash comes from sponsor MEREDITH AND NORRIS HOLDINGS ( Financiers registered in Hong Kong since 2000.
    Remember the old sayings……..If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is, and there is no such thing as a “free lunch”.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Yep doing the rounds again. Just won the $190,000 second prize as well. And of course they ask for verification of 1 – 3rd prizes which have been donated by Sponsor Meredith and Norris Holdings,
      And as you say too good to be true

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  2. Anonymous says:

    We won $180,000 as well! That makes at least 4 second prizes. Thanks for taking the time to share the information

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Haha we won too!

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Hooray, I received my Lucky Magic Seven Travel scratchies today. And of course one ticket was a second prize winner for USD 180,000.00. Having read the brochure, there are three places where the grammar is incorrect. I immediately Googled Magic Seven Trave l scam. Sure enough, up came this site. Well done guys. Quite right, if it seems too good to be true- IT IS !!!!

    Andrew T

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