LOTTERY SCAM ALERT!
The New York State Gaming Commission is warning all consumers about scammers who are sending false announcements regarding lottery prizes.
As part of the scam, an individual is contacted by phone, email, text message, or a letter from a scammer who is claiming that the recipient has won a prize with the New York Lottery. This is a fraudulent claim and there is no such prize. Federal law prohibits the sale or mailing of Lottery tickets across state lines. You must be within the State of New York to purchase a New York Lottery ticket or a subscription. Never respond to these communications and never provide information or send money to a scammer.
The New York Lottery does not know who the winners are (except for Lottery subscribers) until they come forward with a winning ticket. We do not notify YOU, you notify US.
The New York Lottery never requires the payment of any money in order to claim a prize.
No one should ever send any money to pay any ‘processing fee’ or any another requested fee in order to claim a prize.
Never deposit any check sent to you that is accompanied by a request that you send or wire money to cover processing or claiming fees. The check that you’ve received is fraudulent and will bounce.
Never provide any personal or financial information to a scammer, especially Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, and credit card numbers.
Report any attempted scam to the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP or at the FTC Consumer Information website.
If you need further information, contact the New York Lottery Security Unit at 518-388-3416.