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Posted on: February 5, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Lottery & Sweepstakes Scams

The Montgomery Police Department would like to remind you to be aware of lottery & sweepstakes scams that have recently increased nationwide.

Warning Signs...

*You receive a letter, email or text message saying you have won a prize in a lottery or sweepstakes that you did not even enter.
*You are asked to send a fee or bank account details to collect your prize. Legitimate lotteries do not require you to pay a fee to collect winnings.
*A full street address is not given. Instead, a post office (PO) box number, email address or mobile phone number is provided as a contact point.
*The sender claims that they have identified you as a winner by randomly choosing your email address. Official lottery offices do not select prize winners this way nor do they use email to advise players that a prize has been won. Sweepstake scammers email as many people as they can.
*The sender claims the offer is legal.
*The sender claims the offer has government approval.

*If you receive an email, letter or text message telling you that you’ve won a lottery or a sweepstakes prize—do not respond. Do not write back and do not send any money or personal details to the scammers.

*Providing personal details such as bank account details will make you vulnerable to having your identity stolen. You may have your bank account cleaned out or a loan taken out in your name. If you respond, you might also be put on a list and flooded with similar emails or letters.

*If the lottery is anything other than a registered lottery—say no! Be very wary of sweepstakes competitions that ask you to send money or personal details.

**REMEMBER: If you have to PAY money to GET money, it's probably NOT a legitimate theory!!**

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