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The New York State Department of State Division of Consumer Protection alerts consumers to an increase in lottery scams. Lottery scammers use telephone calls, faxes, e-mails, and cell phone (mobile) text messages to connect with potential victims, and include persuasive messages to lure victims into responding. Consumer should keep the following tips in mind:

  • Don't pay anything to collect sweepstake winnings
     
  • Remember that United States residents cannot purchase tickets in international lotteries throughthe mail or over the phone
     
  • NEVER wire or transfer money
     
  • Do not send a check or money order by overnight delivery or courier
     
  • Don't give personally identifying or financial information to callers
     
  • File a complaint with the U.S. Postal Service for lottery or sweepstakes scams perpetrated through the mail

 

Last Modified: April 26, 2011