The U.S. government recently issued a national warning about the continued defrauding of citizens taking place through a foreign lottery or sweepstakes scam. Be aware that if you receive a notice about winning a lottery, no matter how official it looks, and are required to pay a fee to claim your winnings this is a scam.
What to be aware of:
For more details visit the FBl’s fraud database, Internet Crime Complaint Center.
- Federal statute prohibits mailing lottery tickets, advertisements, or payments to purchase tickets in a foreign lottery.
- Be leery if you do not remember entering ii lottery or sweepstakes.
- Beware of lotteries or sweepstakes that chance ii fee prior to delivering your prize.
- Be wary of demands to send additional money as a requirement to be eligible for future winnings.