There are an ever-increasing number of lottery scams. These scams can come from as close as Canada and as far away as Australia . They are not legitimate and consumers should be aware.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Unsuspecting individuals are contacted through the Internet or by mail claiming they are a winner of a lottery. Many of these lottery scams are centered out of Australia , Canada , Nigeria , Spain , or United Kingdom . A check is then sent in conjunction with the letter or email and the victim is asked to cash the check and forward a portion or all the funds to a specified location to pay taxes or fees. The check will then be returned counterfeit and the customer is out the money that was sent and no winnings are ever received.
Some lottery scams will ask you to verify personal information such as mother's maiden name, social security numbers, and credit card numbers in order to claim your prize. The information is then used to open accounts in your name or steal money out of already established accounts.
PLEASE KNOW THAT IS ILLEGAL TO PLAY FOREIGN LOTTERIES OVER THE PHONE OR THROUGH THE MAIL!
HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF?
- You can't win a lottery that you did not enter. Verify that it was a lottery you did in fact enter.
- Call your financial institution for assistance in verifying the check. Do not try to verify the check by using phone numbers printed on the check.
- Contact the Better Business Bureau.
- Use caution when dealing with someone outside your country.
- Do not send any funds until you have done the above steps and you have made sure the check has cleared the issuing bank.
- Always remember...If it is too good to be true, it probably is!!!