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Guide To Protect Yourself From Lottery Scams

Written by:
Payton
Published on:
Jun/06/2017

The USA is widely known for hosting some of the most rewarding lottery games in the world, with Powerball and Mega Millions at the top. The massive jackpots offered by these two lotteries have attracted millions of people, including scammers.

This phenomenon known as lottery scams mainly aims to persuade random people that they have won a certain lottery. It doesn’t matter if it’s the USA Mega Million lottery or any state-specific game, you should always be cautious when it comes to unexpected lottery winnings. The best thing to do is learn more about the way these scams are normally performed and what can be done to protect yourself from them.

How Do Lottery Scams Work?

Normally, lottery scams persuade you that you have won a certain jackpot in a lottery game and simply need to give them the bank account information in order to complete the transaction. Sometimes the victims are even required to pay “taxes” in order to process the jackpot. In the end, these scammers simply need to get your personal information and use them to drain your accounts.

How to Recognize a Lottery Scam?

These scams have been known to fool a lot of people in the past, when they first appeared. However, their success rate has dropped since the word spread and technology evolved. Nowadays, there are some well-known signs which can help you distinguish a real lottery jackpot from a scam.

  1. Lottery games such as Mega Millions don’t notify their winners via email or phone. They simply publish the winning numbers and leave their players to check whether they’ve won or not. So, if you are not expecting a notification about the game, it’s bound to be a fake.

  2. Grammar errors and poor English speaking skills are also trademarks for lottery scammers. If you even notice a single spelling error in the email or a strange accent while talking to the scammers on the phone – stop all communication!

  3. If you haven’t even bought a ticket for the lottery that you “won”, it’s definitely a scam. After all, you can’t win the prize if you haven’t entered the competition in the first place.

  4. Even if they manage to explain this to you, you need to be extremely careful about any further instructions. Telling you to keep your winnings private for the time being is yet another sure sign of a scam.

  5. Just because the lottery they “represent” is real, you shouldn’t trust them. After all, they could be using their name and symbol just to prove that they are authentic.

  6. Nowadays, all major lotteries are available online. Therefore, you should check the official website of the specific lottery and find all the information about your winnings.

 

All in all, when it comes to the USA lottery, it’s important to be up to date with the latest legislation. Knowing the states’ policies about online lottery games and the most reliable sites where you can purchase tickets is bound to save you from such unpleasant conversations with scammers.

 

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