February 29, 2008
Missouri Lottery Reminds Consumers To Be Alert
As part of National Consumer Protection Week, March 2-8, 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 and integrity division. "If it seems too good to be true, check it out. Molottery.com can be a resource for learning more about how to protect yourself. The Web site
is kept up-to-date with the most recent examples of lottery-related fraud and has links to other valuable resources."
Every day, Americans are lured into buying illegal lottery tickets or sending money in order to claim a prize. 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. Often 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 site at Molottery.com.
If you receive a questionable phone call, e-mail or mailing, or notice a suspicious Web site related to the Lottery, you many contact the Missouri Lottery at (573) 751-4050. You may also e-mail the Lottery at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to:
Missouri Lottery Security and Integrity 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.