PROTECT YOURSELF FROM LOTTERY SCAMS An informational website from the Nebraska Lottery
Recently various scam artists have been attempting to impersonate Lottery, Powerball® and Mega Millions® employees in order to steal people's identities, credit card numbers, banking information and cash.
TYPES OF SCAMS:
Some scams use phone calls or emails to convince a victim to send money. A Nebraska woman received a phone call notifying her that she'd won a $2.5 million lottery prize. The caller sounded legitimate, but asked her to send him $8,000 to release the prize check. The woman suspected the caller was a fraud and notified the proper authorities.
Another type of scam involves mailing the victim a counterfeit check. The fraudulent letter asks the recipient to cash the check and wire back a portion to the sender to pay taxes on the money.
Yet another tactic is for the criminal to claim he has a major winning ticket, but not enough cash to claim the prize. He will then offer the victim a share of the prize in return for a loan of the prize claim fee.
The Lottery would NEVER charge you to get your prize.
A Lottery official would NEVER personally contact you about winning a jackpot.
A Lottery official would NEVER ask you for money up front.
There's NO WAY to win a Lottery prize if you didn't play a Lottery game.
Ignore all emails, letters or phone calls from unknown individuals or entities soliciting money from you. Also ignore requests for personal or financial information.
To report a suspicious email, letter, phone call or website, contact the Nebraska Lottery at 800-587-5200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information about various types of consumer fraud, call the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 800-727-6432.