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Lottery Scams  

Today's criminals have found new ways to scam victims out of their hard earned money. People fall prey every day to these criminals claiming to be Lottery winners who are unable to collect their winnings. The subject(s) offer to sell a winning ticket to the victim, or ask the victim to collect the money for them. When the victim agrees to do this, they are asked for money as a deposit. Once the subject(s) have your money, they disappear, leaving you as another victim.

Be Suspicious:

A thief or thieves approach the victim(s), claim to have a legitimate winning lottery ticket, and claim to want to cash-in a lottery ticket to donate the prize to a worthy charity. After the victims hand over their "deposit", the thief or thieves leave victims empty-handed or with a non-winning lottery ticket.

If you receive a telephone call from a subject who promises instant lottery prizes, hang up! Legitimate lotteries in the United States DO NOT operate this way.

People who approach you with stories like these are criminals. They simply want your money and credit card numbers. They will lie to you and sound very convincing! They're thieves, and it's their specialty.

Tips To Protect Yourself:

  • Never redeem a Lottery ticket for someone you do not know.
  • Never give your credit card numbers over the phone to anyone promising lottery cash prizes.
  • Never accept a collect phone call from someone claiming to be a lottery official. They do not do business this way.
  • Never respond to a letter or phone call from someone who offers you a guarantee of winning a prize. The Lottery Games that are played DO NOT guarantee you a prize, only a chance of winning, if you buy a legal ticket from an authorized lottery retailer.

Finally:

Under no circumstances should an individual purchase a lottery ticket of any kind from anyone on the street. No one should ever have to pay someone for a legitimate, winning lottery ticket. Any winning lottery ticket should be redeemed at a local lottery outlet or Lottery headquarters in your area.


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