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(Sözcü Newspaper, 10 October 2016)
Ercan bey personally informs a prize winner of her good luck.
An international gang that targets primarly retirees, the elderly
and the unwitting with the lie that 'you've won a prize', has been
broken up. One of the gang's members, a Turk named Ercan Barka
(34), was taken into custody at JFK Airport in New York as he was
boarding a plane to return to Turkey last month.
The gang's modus operandi went like this: the gang's victims received
an email informing them that they had won money or a valuable prize.
In order to claim the prize the 'winners' had to send 50-55 USD either
by cash, check or credit card. PacNet Services Ltd. in Vancouver,
Canada, processed the 'winners'' payments, reaping between 50 and
60 million (!) USD per year.
My goodness! Fortune has finally smiled upon me!