Have you been scammed by a lottery brand, do you feel scared of been scammed, or do you also feel a particular lottery brand or agent doesn’t look genuine? If that’s how you feel, then this blog would help you understand how to avoid been scammed by any lottery brand or agent.
The lottery game is very big and lucrative business, with lots of people playing the lottery games. Just like any other business, people tend to take advantage of others, by scamming them of their hard-earned money.
Lottery scammers have different tricks up their sleeves. That’s why it’s important to be vigilant and look out for any possible sign.
These lottery scammers have various tricks that we might not cover all specifically in this blog post, but we would explain how you can identify one.
What is Lottery Scam
Lottery Scam is a type of advance-fee fraud which begins with an unexpected email notification, phone call, or mailing (sometimes including a large check) explaining that “You have won!” a large sum of money in a lottery.
How the Scam Works
You will receive an unexpected email notification, phone call, or mailing (sometimes including a large check) explaining that “You have won!” a large sum of money in a lottery.
The receiver of the message is mostly asked to keep the notice secret for now and then you are asked to contact a ‘claims agent” to claim your prize of which they would provide you the number of the “claim agent”
Once you contact the agent, you would then be asked to make a payment, they usually prefer to call this type of payment “Processing fee” or “Transfer Charges” so that your winning can be distributed to you.
Most time they stall your “supposed winning” by continuously asking you to make several payments with the hope of receiving a prize. Of which there is no prize to be won
The supposed winnings are usually an international lottery prize, laptop, smartphones, tropical holiday, electronic equipment, and lots more.
The email, text, letters are usually of urgency, they would encourage you to respond quickly to the mail so as not to miss the opportunity to someone else.
Scammers do this to prevent you from seeking further information or advice from an independent source.
You may also be asked to provide personal details to prove that you are the correct winner and to give your bank account details so the prize can be sent to you.
Scammers use these details to try to misuse your identity and steal any money you have in your bank account.
Sometimes they might actually send some money in the form of a cheque or transfer to trick you that the offer is legit. However, the cheque will eventually bounce back and you will not receive any real payment.
Many of these lottery scammers go to the extent of using the names of legitimate lottery organizations or other legitimate corporations/companies, but this does not mean the legitimate organizations are in any way involved with the scams.