LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) – (6/25/2021) – The Michigan Lottery wants the public to be on the alert for scammers claiming to be lottery agents or prize winners.
The state wants people to know that players must have a valid winning ticket to claim their prize, and there are no exceptions.
Generally, there are two types of lottery scams according to a state release:
• A person receives a letter, email or phone call informing them that they have won a big lottery prize, but that they must pay a fee to collect the prize. If the person agrees, the scammer convinces them to send a cashier’s check, make an electronic funds transfer, or even set up a meeting to get the money in cash.
• A person is contacted by mail, email or phone call by someone claiming to be a winner of a lottery prize. The scammer tells the person that they will share their prize if the person sends them money. If the person agrees, the scammer convinces them to send a cashier’s check, make an electronic funds transfer, or even set up a meeting to get the money in cash.
In some cases, after getting money from the victim, the scammer comes back claiming more for treatment fees or unforeseen charges or uses some other excuse to try to get more money from the victim.
Unfortunately, the more money the victim provides, the longer the scam will last.
If you believe you have been the victim of such a scam, please contact your local law enforcement agency.
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