Frauds Scams and Security

Notices of Phony Prize Promotions, Fake Lottery Wins, and Pishing Emails

Occasionally, players receive phone calls, letters, or e-mails telling them they've won a prize in some lottery contest. Most often, they're told that to claim their winnings they have to pay certain fees. Sometimes they're asked for personal data such as bank account wire information, Social Security number, credit card number or expiration date, or mother's maiden name.

Almost always, such notifications are scams! IF YOU DIDN'T ENTER YOU DIDN'T WIN !!! Even if you did enter the win notice may be fake from a scammer wanting your info as they commonly spoof win notices of legitimate foreign and online lotteries.

We'll use this page to alert you whenever we're aware of scams like these. If you believe you're beening personally targeted (beyond simple spamming) by such scam artists. Contact local law enforcement.

Click here for information on Illegal Foreign Lotteries. Note: Goverment sancationed foreign lotteries are not illegal in their host country, the spam offers you may receive to play them usually are. has information on other scams.

Please click here for information on how to identify counterfeit money.

The Federal Trade Commission has a web site to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid these types of scams. The site provided a variety of detailed information about the various types of scams as well as how to file a complaint.

So does the U.S. Postal Inspections Office. They provide an excellent article about lottery and sweepstakes fraud.

You can also report frauds or scams to other authorities including your local police, your state attorneys general office, or the following:
Canadian Anti-Fraud Organization
International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network

All of these agencies have online forms to fill out to report this type of fraud.

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