Posted: May 2, 2013 8:24 PM by MTN News
The Consumer Protection Office of the Montana Department of Justice reports that there has been an increase in the number of complaints regarding a Lottery scam.
In a press release, they say that potential victims are receiving calls telling them that they have won a Mega Millions prize and to send in money to collect the prize and to cover the claim fee.
Lottery officials say any time you are asked to pay a fee to get Lottery winnings, it is a fraudulent practice, and that winners are never charged a fee to claim a Lottery prize.
In addition, unless you specifically entered a promotional opportunity from the Montana Lottery, you will never be contacted directly to be informed that you have won any Montana Lottery game.
MT Attorney General Tim Fox noted, "Phone numbers of potential victims are harvested by spyware and viruses and other tools. Sometimes, scammers get phone numbers through various trade journals, business directories, and anywhere your name appears on the internet, such as in chat rooms. Remember, never provide personal identity information over the phone to a caller you don't know."
Angela Wong, the Montana Lottery director, said, "To have a chance to win the Lottery, you must purchase at ticket."
If you receive a letter, email, or phone call informing you that you have won the Montana Lottery, you are advised to report it to the Montana Department of Justice's Consumer Protection Office by clicking here, emailing email@example.com or by calling 1-800-481-6896 or 406-444-4500.