What Are Prize and Lottery Scams?

Lottery Scam is a form of advance fee fraud or money laundering. Every day thousands of false emails are sent to potential victims. You may be tempted to try out if the scam is real, but doing so can be dangerous. If you post any of your personal information, the scammer may collect it and in some later case will play YOU as his character. There is no need telling he will use your name for fraudulent activities. He may use your personal information to get Pengeluaran SGP jobs in your name. He may use it to steal from people and transfer the money into an account with your name. All your money may be used and gone if a scammer obtains sensitive information. During the procedure of a lottery scam you may lose your money or your identity could be stolen. Both of them are equally dangerous.

How to Recognize Lottery Scams?

1. You received the “winning email” but you have not participated in the contest or bought a ticket. Institutions can’t just randomly pick you if you are not even in their database! To win in a contest you firstly had to enter it by the means that your institution required. In a lottery you do that usually with purchasing a ticket but some require different means to enter the contest such as writing a song, making of an item, giving your best idea on a certain subject… List is endless, however the all of them have one thing in common, you must personally participate! It is against the law to make use of your email address without your permission.

2. The country of the lottery does not match your living country or you are not citizen of it.

3. Without entering the contest in the first place you received an email including your personal information. This email could include your name, address, city and zip code, phone number and maybe even your credit card or bank account number! If you did not personally enter this information and did not participate in the contest you may even have been a victim of identity fraud!

4. If you wanted to buy a lottery ticket you did not have to enter your personal information.

5. You never heard of the lottery company. Even if the name is real and is registered it may still just be a masquerade. Swindlers may use legitimate names for their fraud activities.

6. You are being said that “Participants” were selected randomly from any world wide country and the price is part of a promotion program.

7. Any request for money to be paid in advance. Usually such requests occur in later replies and not in the first “winning notification”. Any fees that could occur would be directly deducted from your actual win or for paying taxes you only do this with the usual method by filling the tax form and sending it directly to your government. Foreign government taxes are being deducted before payout. Such a scam is called an advance fee fraud. Legitimate lotteries will never ask for money!

8. There is no website or official rules. All lotteries must be registered and licensed with a gaming commission or regulator. A regulator may be ministry of finance, ministry of economics, national gaming authority… Click here for an example list of regulators in Europe. World Lotteries provides a great list of official government lotteries. Check under directory. Also visit North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries if you are interested.

9. You are being sent a counterfeit check or money that needs to be cleaned. Once you receive this amount you will be told you need to give some amount back or forward it to a bank account/person because too much was sent. This way you will clean the money. The checks/drafts may be stolen or counterfeit. Read more in Check Fraud.

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