Lottery Scams You Should Be Aware Of!

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Monday November 19, 2018 07:44 am

The Lottery Lab Staff

The lottery is the biggest platform for entertainment scams and frauds. The rate is high because people are not aware of the common scams and frauds. Educate yourself about the scams so that you can save yourself from being the victim of a lottery scam.

Recognize the warning signs

As they say “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” If you get a mail or call or anything that claims you’re suddenly a millionaire,  don’t trust it. Don’t be a victim and don’t let anyone make you a victim. Call the police and get away from such “too good to be true” news. Always pay attention to the signs and help stop these fraudsters before they rob again!

Tips to Dodge Scams

  1. Never redeem a lottery ticket for a person you don’t know.
  2. Do not respond to a letter, email or phone call claiming that you’ve won a jackpot. A legitimate lottery corporation never contacts people directly about their winnings.
  3. Buy lottery tickets from legitimate retailers or stores to avoid buying bogus tickets.
  4. If your state doesn’t have a lottery game but you still want to play, don’t purchase foreign lottery tickets via phone call, internet or mail. Foreign lottery trafficking is a violation of federal law.
  5. Don’t pay upfront money to claim a lottery.  Scammers often claim that this money is for federal taxes, commissions, or insurance. A legitimate lottery corporation will never ask for any upfront payment.
  6. Don’t be involved in a “lottery pool” with strangers or people you don’t know.
  7. Never respond to “award notifications” or other notices regarding your lottery wins. Especially the ones you don’t remember entering in the first place.
  8. Refuse to be pressured. If an alleged lottery agent is pressuring you to give details about your bank account and credit card always pass on the opportunity.

If you feel that you’ve been a victim of a scam, report the scam immediately. If you’ve received suspicious e-mails or letters, forward them to the Federal Trade Commission and notify the Internet Crime Complaint Centre (IC3) of the FBI by lodging a complaint. For more tips, please read Tips to avoid lottery scams!