Sidestepping a Scam
Lottery scams, along with the number of lottery players who have fallen prey to these scams, have increased substantially over the last few years. Scams, dishonest schemes or fraud wreak havoc in the lottery world.Fraudsters take advantage of the dreams of players worldwide by creating false hope that a big win is in hand, only to leave them in a worse-off position than when they first started. Knowing what to look out for to avoid a scam will not only protect lottery hopefuls from losing their winnings, but begin to minimize the impact of scam artists as a whole.The golden rule to follow when playing the lottery to avoid a scam? You cannot win a jackpot, prize, raffle or sweepstake for a competition that you did not enter. Fraudsters around the globe devise any number of schemes to ensure the public believe they have won a prize, and convince them the winnings are huge!Through the use of personal information such as phone numbers, email addresses and personalised notices, scam artists hit the hearts of lottery players as they truly believe the winning message is for them. While the way in which the notice comes and the details about the win may vary, the method for “claiming your prize” remains the same in most scams – a warning to heed when it arises. Be it an email, text message, social media post, letter in the mail or a telephone call, players will be lured by the appearance of an enormous win.Scam artists almost always request personal information and a payment for “taxes”, “transaction fees” or “bank fees” before promising that the winnings will be transferred over. Recipients of the fraudulent notices are often pressured to act quickly by claiming the winnings will expire or be lost if nothing happens within a period of time.This plays into the hands of the scam artists as players are discouraged from taking time to seek counsel or advice from friends or family. Some scam artists coax players into upholding a confidentiality agreement, thereby preventing the involvement of any third party who may dissuade the “winner” from taking further action.Detecting a lottery scam is made easier by being extremely vigilant and investigating more about the sender prior to responding to the winning notice. Most fraudulent notices are riddled with bad grammar – spelling mistakes, poorly constructed sentences and factual errors are tell-tale signs that something is amiss.Many scams make use of free email domains from Google or Yahoo, and contain false contact information. Clues such as these will allow lottery players to think twice before responding to a scam, preventing themselves from being defrauded and putting an end to the scam artists around. Any scam or fraudulent notice should be taken to a local law enforcement agency in an effort to clamp down on illegal activity taking place.Being able to eliminate the scams and celebrate the true winners will be a victory for lotteries everywhere. Winning the lottery legally is not only possible, but an exciting reality. Follow the golden rule to detect a scam, be on guard for fraudsters and look forward to receiving the fantastic news of your legitimate lottery win in the not-too-distant future!
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