Legitimate lottery or sweepstakes NEVER require people to pay money up front. Have you gotten a letter, call, or e-mail saying you won something (money or a prize), but before you can collect the prize you need to send money to pay for taxes, customs, or any fees? But, you didn’t buy a ticket or enter a sweepstakes? This is a SCAM. Don’t send money orders, prepaid cards or transfer money to people who are stating you have “WON” something but need to send them funds to collect your winnings.