Lottery Scams – What You Should Know

Lottery Scams – What You Should Know


MARY: Lottery scams. They’ve been around for years and they almost always involve an offer of big winnings in return for a bit of your personal
information and more than a bit of your cash. So what should you do if you ever get a
contact like this that sounds just too good to be true? Maybe you’ve gotten an email or phone call saying, “You’ve won the lottery!” And for a split second you wonder, “Is this real?” The first question you should ask yourself is, “Did I buy a ticket?” The only way to win
an Iowa Lottery prize, is if you’ve purchased one of our tickets or entered one of our drawings. No ticket, no chance of winning. If you think you’ve won a prize on an Iowa Lottery ticket, the first thing to do is have your ticket verified by an
authorized Lottery retailer or at one of our five lottery offices around the state. That’s because only the Iowa Lottery
can pay lottery prizes won in Iowa. And we’ll never ask you to pay a
processing fee or some other charge upfront before your prize can be paid. We keep warnings about lottery scams as a permanent feature on our website and often remind you about them on our
blog and other social media platforms. But it seems every time we tell you
about one type of scam, another one pops up. They’re nearly all run from outside the United States and spoof telephone numbers and Internet
addresses making them nearly impossible to trace. If you’re ever in doubt, contact us directly or stop by one of our offices. Protect yourself by never giving out your personal information to strangers or sending money to someone who says
you’ve won a prize. Remember, you really can’t have won if
you didn’t play.

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