The FTC has these words of caution for consumers who are thinking about responding to a foreign lottery: The bottom line, according to the FTC: Ignore all mail and phone solicitations for foreign lottery promotions.
You may receive a certified check for up to $400,000,000 U.
If you receive what looks like lottery material from a foreign country, give it to your local postmaster.
This immediately makes the target vulnerable to a phishing attack but, more significantly, to blackmail attempts.
When they refuse to pay any advance fee the fraudsters threaten to report the matter to their employers and/or the police.
It is worth noting that fraudsters are constantly refining their scams and some communications may actually look professional and genuine.
However, you must remember that you cannot win a lottery you didnt play so you should be cautious if anyone suggests otherwise.
The recipient is instructed to contact an agent very quickly but the scammers are just using a third party company, person, email or names to hide their true identity, in some cases offering extra prizes (such as a 7 Day/6 Night Bahamas Cruise Vacation, if the user rings within 4 minutes).
After contacting the "agent", the recipient will be asked to come to an office, where during one hour or more, the conditions of receiving the offer are revealed.
Do not reply to any letters, emails, phone calls or messages telling you otherwise and, more importantly, NEVER send money or personal information to someone who contacts you out of the blue.
The majority of lottery scams work by convincing the victim that they have won a prize.
law, which prohibits the cross-border sale or purchase of lottery tickets by phone or mail. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, says most promotions for foreign lotteries are likely to be phony.