Fake Lottery Winnings Boon to Scammers

Fake lottery winnings

Vigilance is the eternal necessity of avoiding scams. With each passing year, arms-length robbers enhance their tricks to separate victims from their money in new and creative ways. Sometimes, they simply adapt an old classic to cater to a new generation.

In the continuing saga of fake lottery scams, scammers are currently sending enticing letters to hard working people across the country, hoping to dupe them out of their money. The letter claims that the targeted person has won a $2.2 million lottery. To receive the winnings, the letter requests that the individual mail back an enclosed form as well as a $20 validation fee to process the payment.

Hundreds of identical letters have been reported across the United States with origins tracing back to a foreign country. The requested amount for verification is intentionally small, encouraging more people to take a chance on the legitimacy of the lottery with only a small amount of money at stake. However small the amount, a scammer should never be rewarded for their illegal ventures.

Whenever a letter arrives in the mail claiming that a person has won a prize from a lottery they never entered, it’s probably a scam. Never send money to an agency, lottery organization, or foreign lottery office requesting money to release lottery winnings. No legitimate lottery will request funds from the winner prior to prize disbursal.

Stay alert to these types of scams to avoid becoming the next victim.

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