Close
We are loading retailer information now. If you see this message for more than a few moments, please make sure that you have enabled location sharing on your device.

Protect yourself from lottery-related scams

by User Not Found | Dec 18, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Chuck Baumann
Phone: 503-540-1015
Cell: 503-510-7829​
chuck.baumann@state.or.us

December 18, 2015 - Salem, Ore. – For years, scammers have been preying on unknowing people by telling them they have won a giant jackpot prize and for a few hundred dollars or banking information, the prize could be yours.

The holidays offer scammers a ripe opportunity with their false offers of millions in prize money and the Oregon Lottery would like everyone to think of this if they encounter one of these scams: “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

“If you do not have a ticket for the game in question, there is no way that you can be a winner of that game,” said Oregon Lottery Director Jack Roberts. “A current scam on Instagram is telling people they have won $1 million. All the person needs to do to gain access to the prize is pay $199 for fees. The person will not only never see the $1 million, they will lose the $199.”

Perhaps you are one of the many people who have received a letter or email notifying you that you’ve won a large lottery prize. If so, here are some resources for you to use to help protect yourself from scams:

Oregon Department of Justice Consumer Protection. You can also join DOJ’s Oregon Scam Alert Network at this site:
http://www.doj.state.or.us/consumer/pages/index.aspx

Oregon Department of Justice online complaint form:
https://justice.oregon.gov/forms/consumer_complaint.asp

The Oregon Attorney General’s Consumer Hotline: 1-877-877-9392

Always remember, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”