#megamillions New scam falsely promises million dollar Mega Millions giveaways

December 11th, 2015

Scammers fraudulently using Mega Millions name and logo

Release date: 12/11/2015

A new scam is making the rounds on social media, promising million dollar prizes from "Mega Millions." Most recently this scam is using Instagram but similar attempts have been made on Facebook and other social media channels.

These scams are not connected in any way to the real Mega Millions game, and are fraudulently using our name, our logo and our images. Lottery officials strongly warn people not to click on any links associated with these scams.

The only way to play Mega Millions and possibly win a prize is to buy a Mega Millions ticket from a state lottery or a licensed retailer in one of those states. Mega Millions is played in 46 jurisdictions: 44 states plus the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. If you do not buy a ticket, you cannot win.

The Federal Trade Commission has more information on fake lottery and other scams at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0086-international-lottery-scams. To file a complaint or get free information call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). If you have been the victim of a scam, contact your local police or sheriff's office or state police.

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