BBB warns against lottery and sweepstakes scams

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) – When you’re told you’re the big winner of a multi-million dollar jackpot, you naturally want it to be true.

It’s also safe to say that we all have an answer to what we would do if we won a Powerball jackpot or something similar, but sometimes it’s those dreams that can get us into big trouble.

“It can be very tempting to think you’re the winner of a million dollar lottery,” said Josh Planos, director of public relations for the Better Business Bureau. “I think we’d all like to feel like a winner when it comes to lotteries and sweepstakes, but it’s a billion dollar industry for scammers, and it’s been that way for over a year. decade now.”

One way scammers usually try to trip you up is to trick you into being a big winner, but Planos says there’s an important note to keep in mind.

“The biggest tip for avoiding this scam is to realize that you have to play to win,” he said. “A notification about a prize or contest you don’t remember entering should be a red flag. You should keep track of all contest entries so that it’s easy to check whether a legitimate company linked to the contest confirms winnings.

Like most scams, those behind the scam are also trying to get your personal information and proof of your finances, which for lottery and raffle prizes just doesn’t matter. meaning.

“Never pay an upfront fee to claim a prize,” Planos said. “No sweepstakes company will ever ask you to pay a fee or buy anything to enter or improve your chances of winning. These include things like taxes, shipping and handling or processing fees to obtain a prize.

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