Lottery and check scams: don’t play the game

via Lottery and check scams: don’t play the game | Consumer Watch,, 10/22/2013

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood today is warning Mississippians about lottery scams using telemarketing or sending bogus checks through the mail. Hood’s officeissued a news release earlier today.

“Lottery scams are reported to our office just about every day,” Hood notes. “Cons will send out these checks hoping to convince the consumer into believing that they are getting a significant amount of money if they just cover a small amount of taxes or fees in return. We have even had reports that these crooks claim I am going to deliver the winnings personally. Although I liked Ed McMahon, I will not be delivering checks to people’s homes.”

So if you get a check in the mail telling you you’ve won something, remember that if your ship has actually come in, your first notice won’t be a check. You won’t have to pay anything up front. The check will bounce after a while, and you’ll be out any money you have sent to “collect” your winnings. If you don’t remember entering a contest, you haven’t won.

So, to borrow a line from the movie WarGames: “the only winning move is not to play.” Good advice.


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