Crooks Who Claim To Run Legitimate Lotteries Are Using A Variety Of Tricks
Everyone wants to hear the words "You've won the lottery!" Unfortunately, some crooks are using those words as a scam to trick you into giving them money or your private information. Fake lotteries, or lottery scams, are a growing problem for legitimate lotteries and their players.
The scam often begins when you receive an official-looking letter or e-mail, or sometimes a phone call. In each case, someone tells you that you have "won" a large amount of money. They may even attach a check to cover part of your "winnings."
If a person is fooled into thinking he or she has won a prize, the scammers then try to get the person to send them money for "taxes" or "processing fees." They may also try to get the victim to provide them with a bank account number, which they will then clean out. Another trick is to send the winner a legitimate-looking "check" and ask the winner to send money back to cover expenses. It is only after victims have sent their own money that the check sent by the scammers bounces.
Here are some tips that can prevent someone from scamming you:
If you think someone is trying to scam you with a fake lottery, call your local police.
For more information:
Federal Trade Commission: "Foreign Lotteries: The Games You Can't Win" http://www.ftc.gov/crossborder/
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