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House Raffle Scams

  • 24-09-2021 9:16am
    Registered Users Posts: 463 ✭✭ Smouse156

    Can anyone explain how the papers are continuously advertising these house lottery scams? They seem to be deliberately praying on those that have no hope of getting a home.

    The sum of the tickets is nearly always twice the real value of the house with a small pittance going to some charity accompanied by a sob story.

    The reality is that the house owner sells a few tickets to desperate people and pockets most of the money as the threshold is not met. The raffle winner may get a small award of say 20%, sometimes more of the prize pool. No house is sold.

    It wouldn’t be a scam if the money was returned if the threshold wasn’t met.

    Does anyone not think these scams are seriously immoral and should not be promoted in national newspapers?

    A few examples: