February 6, 2007
Missouri Lottery Reminds Consumers To Be Alert
As part of National Consumer Protection Week, Feb. 4-10, the Missouri Lottery reminds players to be alert. Lottery-related scams are one of the top 10 scams reported to the Missouri Attorney General-s office. The Lottery has posted helpful information about and examples of lottery-related scams on the Lottery’s Web site at Molottery.com.
"Players should be alert for fraudulent lottery-related schemes that promise "low-risk" chances in supposed high-stakes sweepstakes or lotteries," said Bob Gartner, director of the Missouri Lottery’s security division. "If it seems too good to be true, check it out."
Every day, Americans are lured into buying illegal lottery tickets. Not only do victims risk losing their money, they also violate federal law. Buying or selling foreign lottery tickets is illegal in the United States. Federal law prohibits the purchasing of any ticket, share or chance in a foreign or unauthorized lottery.
Fraudulent schemes within the United States and abroad persuade people to spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on illegal lotteries and sweepstakes. These scams ensure customers that they have good chances of winning or they have already won but need to send a "processing fee" or divulge confidential information (i.e., credit card number, Social Security number) in order to receive their prize. Authorized lotteries do not require winners to pay a processing fee prior to receiving their prize or cash payments, regardless of the amount won.
For specific examples of recent lottery-related scams, visit the Missouri Lottery’s Web. To help raise awareness, the Lottery is also distributing brochures at Lottery retail locations.
If you receive a questionable phone call, e-mail or mailing, or notice a suspicious Web site, you may contact the Missouri Lottery at (573) 751-4050. You may also e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to:
Missouri Lottery Security Division
P.O. Box 1603
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1603
You can also contact the Missouri Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-392-8222.