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Lottery Scams

Every day Floridians and visitors to Florida are targeted by unscrupulous individuals who try to prey upon the hopes and dreams of persons who want to win the lottery. These criminals methods may vary but their intentions are clear – to steal your money or trick you into giving them personal information or financial information that is used to rob your bank accounts or identity. The Florida Lottery Division of Security works closely with local, state and federal law enforcement to investigate and apprehend these fraudsters. The Division of Security also participates in public awareness campaigns designed to alert citizens, visitors and even persons outside of Florida of these lottery scams.

Examples of these scams and fraud schemes include:

  • Sending you a bogus check and asking for your bank account information where it will be deposited.
  • Sending you a notice that you have been awarded a prize and asking for a “Processing Fee” to process your winnings.
  • Sending you an email or letter advising that you’ve won the Florida Lottery and trying to obtain your personal information so “con artists” can contact you directly to persuade, harass or even intimidate you into sending them money.
  • Using Florida Lottery logos or actual addresses on its fake correspondence in an attempt to make the scam appear legitimate.
  • A stranger (who knows the ticket is stolen) asks you to redeem a lottery ticket for him.

Signs to beware of:

  • An email, letter or telephone caller asks for money in order to collect a lottery prize.
  • They want your personal or financial information in order to process your prize.
  • They tell you that you won a lottery that you’ve entered or played.
  • They want your social security number or credit card information.
  • They want to meet at your home or a public place to pay your prize.

What to do:

  • When in doubt – hang up or don’t respond to the scam email or letter.
  • If you have a question – contact your nearest Florida Lottery office or the Division of Security.
  • Report the incident to local law enforcement.
  • REMEMBER – If it’s too good to be true, it’s a scam.

Social Media Scams

The Florida Lottery maintains a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Our followers should be wary of any message they receive from any of these social networking sites or other sources that may be impersonating the Florida Lottery. In particular, beware of scammers posing as Lottery agents or employees who communicate to you falsely that you’ve won a prize, or ask for personal or financial information. The only way to win a cash prize from the Florida Lottery is to purchase a ticket from a licensed lottery retailer. Social media users should also be wary of scammers posing as past Florida Lottery winners offering to send the user money or other prizes in exchange for personal information or payment.

To avoid being scammed via social media, please remember the Florida Lottery will NEVER:

  • Send a user a “friend request” via Facebook.
  • Send a user a “message” via social networking sites; unless the user has participated in a contest or the user sent a message/question first.
  • Ask for contact information beyond what an entrant has already provided while entering a legitimate Florida Lottery giveaway or contest.
  • Ask for bank account information via social networking sites in ANY case.

Please report any suspected scams to the Florida Lottery’s Division of Security at (850) 487-7730.

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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013

CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
(850) 487-7727
www.flalottery.com

FLORIDA LOTTERY WARNS CITIZENS OF LATEST LOTTERY SCAM

Citizens are urged to contact the Lottery’s Security division
or local law enforcementif they suspect a scam

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Lottery is warning citizens of a lottery scam, in which a company using the name, “LOTTO CLAIMS ASSOCIATE & SWEEPSTAKE INC” is sending letters to the public in an effort to obtain personal and financial information.

In this latest scam, the letter includes the Florida Lottery headquarters’ physical address as part of the letterhead. The scam letter tells the recipient that his or her prize winnings are being held up due to a zip code error. The letter provides a phone number to call and also mentions that the winner will need to pay a processing fee as well as insurance and a delivery fee prior to collecting the winnings. A phony check is included with this letter as partial payment and to help cover costs and incidental expenses.

“The popularity of the Florida Lottery is well known among scam artists. Unfortunately, each year, the Florida Lottery’s name is utilized as a lure to con people out of their savings or personal information, which can result in loss of income or identity theft,” said Doug Pitts, Director of Security at the Florida Lottery. “It is especially important for citizens to remain vigilant and be aware of this type of activity so that they do not become a victim.”

The public should remember that in a legitimate lottery, a winner would never be asked to pay any type of upfront costs to collect a prize. Additionally, the Florida Lottery does not contact players to say they’ve won a prize unless they’ve entered a promotional game or second chance drawing on the official Florida Lottery website. In these cases, players will receive an e-mail stating they’ve won, along with information pertaining to the promotion they participated in and instructions on how to claim their prize. For the most part, players are asked to either visit the nearest Florida Lottery district office or download the required claim forms from the Florida Lottery website for submission via U.S. mail to the Lottery’s headquarters in Tallahassee, Fla.

For tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of lottery-related scams, visit the Security section of the Florida Lottery website at http://www.flalottery.com/aboutus-securityMain.do. For more information or to report a lottery scam, consumers should contact the Florida Lottery’s Customer Service Division at (850) 487-7787 or Security Division at (850) 487-7730.

For additional information on prevalent scams, including lottery schemes, consumers may visit the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection website at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/index.shtml or the Florida Attorney General’s Consumer Protection website at http://myfloridalegal.com/consumer.

© 2020 Florida Lottery, All Rights Reserved.
Must be 18 or older to play.
Play responsibly.

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013 CONTACT : FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS (850) 487-7727 www.flalottery.com FLORIDA LOTTERY WARNS CITIZENS OF LATEST LOTTERY