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Lottery Fraud Schemes

Lottery Fraud Schemes are on the rise, targeting unsuspecting victims through email and phone.  These schemes often start with an email or phone call telling the person they have won a substantial amount of money in an international lottery.  An initial fee is requested to process the money with additional fees following afterwards.

To avoid these types of scams, keep in mind:

  • No legitimate lottery will charge you up front for winnings.
  • If it looks too good to be true, it usually is.
  • Be wary when dealing with individuals outside your country.
  • Be wary if you don't remember entering any lottery or contest.
  • It is illegal to play a foreign lottery by phone or mail.

For more information on these types of scams and how to avoid them, visit the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://www.ic3.gov .

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