Lottery Scams | Asurea Scam Report

Lottery Scams | Asurea Scam Report

by Angela Bass, January 7, 2016

Are you one of the millions of Powerball players out there, hoping to hit the jackpot in tonight’s drawing? If so, good luck! But whether you’re playing Powerball, Mega Millions or some other high-stakes lottery game, our Asurea Scam Report wants you to play it safe and not fall victim to lottery scams!

We’ve taken it upon ourselves to gather up a few tell-tale signs that the lottery games you’re playing just might be playing you.

Here are the Top 5 tips on how to make sure you’re playing to win,

not playing to get ripped off!

Tip # 1: Money Wiring

The lottery will never ask you to pay them anything in order to collect your winnings. Why would they? They owe YOU money, not the other way around! Simply ignore such requests. They’re just trying to trick you into sending them money or personal information. So, don’t do it! Your only prize will be a trip to the police station to file a report.

Tip # 2: Misspelled Messages

If the person notifying you of a lottery win via email or snail mail can’t spell to save their life, then chalk it up to a lottery scam! An email peppered with typos and poor grammar is a red flag that it’s not legit. For example, the folks at Powerball can spell perfectly well, thank-you-very-much. And, a legitimate Powerball game often requires the winner to contact them first.

Tip # 3: Shhh…Don’t Tell Anyone

If someone tells you to keep your lottery win a secret, be very suspicious. You’ve seen what happens to people when they win the lottery. They get tons of publicity! Their name and face is plastered across the news, the Internet and every social media outlet. Real lotteries use publicity as a free promotional tool to keep people coming back for more. Nobody ever wins quietly!

Tip # 4: You’re Rich — Overseas!

Foreign lottery scams cost U.S. citizens more than $120 million each year. Victims often get a letter in the mail stating they’ve won a foreign lottery. They are usually sent a cashier’s check for a few thousand dollars as part of an “advance.” If the victim cashes the check, it usually bounces, leaving them to pay the bank fees that come with cashing a bad check.

Tip # 5: You Don’t Even Play the Lottery

The easiest way to tell if someone’s pulling your leg about having won the lottery is if you don’t even play the lottery! As the saying goes, you can’t win if you don’t play.

Was our scam report a second too late for you? Did a scam artist already dupe you using one of these or some other trick? Contact your local police or sheriff’s office to get the ball rolling on filing a report.

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Angela Bass

Angela Bass

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Angela joined Asurea as the Content Marketing Writer in September 2015. She is also a freelance multimedia journalist, having written and produced stories for Land & People Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, California Health Report, NPR's Latino USA, PRI's The World and KALW's Crosscurrents, among others. In 2014, she founded Storybrook Media, which provides video production services to nonprofits and small businesses. She holds a Master’s in Journalism from UC Berkeley and a BA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State.
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