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Michigan Lottery warns public about increase in prize scams during coronavirus outbreak

Apr 8, 2020, 7:56 am

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Scam AlertScam Alert: Michigan Lottery warns public about increase in prize scams during coronavirus outbreakRating:

LANSING, MI — The Michigan Lottery is warning the public about a scam in which people are told they've won a big prize but need to pay a fee or provide sensitive personal information to collect it.

The scam works like this: A person gets a letter, email, or phone call to inform them that they've won a big lottery prize but must pay a fee or provide sensitive personal information to collect the prize.

If the person agrees to pay a fee, the scam artist convinces them to mail a cashier's check, make an electronic funds transfer, or even arranges a meeting to get the money in cash.

If the person agrees to provide sensitive personal information, the scam artist may be able to commit identity fraud.

In some cases, after getting money from the victim, the scam artist comes back asking for more for unexpected processing costs or fees or uses some other excuse to try to get more money from the victim. the more money the victim supplies, the longer the scam will continue.

The public to use common sense when dealing with anything suspicious keeping in mind that if you haven't bought a ticket, you can't win a prize.

Attempts to defraud individuals increase during periods of uncertainty such as the outbreak of COVID-19 in Michigan, lottery officials said.

To check if a lottery prize, offer, or promotion is legitimate, members of the public may contact their official state lottery using the contact information on the official lottery website. A list of official government lottery websites can be found at https://www.lotterypost.com/links.

Players who believe they have been the victim of such a scam should contact their local law enforcement agency.

MLive, Lottery Post Staff

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6 comments. Last comment 10 months ago by Euro Lottery.
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United States
Member #163184
January 22, 2015
2402 Posts

This is one phone been waiting for, perhaps those are the blocked/dropped on the landline which works much better than cellular.    Had numerous IRS ones and lately social security ones.    One time with the fake IRS said meet me @ the airport in an hour. 

    Chasing $ Millions.
    White Shores- California
    United States
    Member #136473
    December 12, 2012
    6494 Posts

    To think : Out of the blues you get a phone call or email telling you that you won millions. How lucky of you. You have been playing the lottery for some time & won nothing worth talking about. You have checked your numbers 3 to 4 times & you certain you lost, but some strange outfit says you have won.

    Treat these scams as though your ex spouse has contacted you, telling you that he or she needs to go over the distribution of the wealth 2 years after the divorce was finalized. Would you listen?

     * Voice of Reason *   


    People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

      music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
      USN United States Navy
      Fresno, California
      United States
      Member #157851
      August 2, 2014
      3959 Posts

      Thank You Michigan Lottery.  If it sounds to good to be true than it probably is.

       The victim should contact family, friends, Pastors, cops.

       "We are all in this together!" 

        United States
        Member #32651
        February 14, 2006
        9075 Posts

        The IRS still hasn't provided a site for those without direct deposits so people should be very careful of fraud when the stimulus checks are distributed. And there are literally thousands of new charity sites asking for money. The lottery scams are bad enough, but don't get caught in a COVID-19 scam.

        It's not my fault! I voted for Amy.

          sully16's avatar - sharan
          Dr.President Elect
          United States
          Member #81738
          October 28, 2009
          80186 Posts

          A bunch of scams are going around, heads up.


            Euro Lottery's avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
            New Member
            Member #205716
            April 9, 2020
            2 Posts

            Absolutely old way of scam and really, if you yourself checked the results of the lottery and know that there is no win, why listen to this nonsense and even more so throw money. It's just crazy Bang Head

            I was lucky to win the EUROMILLIONS jackpot