PA Lottery warns of scam originating from Jamaica

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By NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

HARRISBURG, Pa (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The Pennsylvania Lottery is warning of a scam originating from Jamaica.

Reports indicate that a person with a Caribbean accent has called people to inform them that they've won a fake Mega Millions prize or a prize from another Lottery game.

“Unfortunately, these types of scams are quite common — especially during times of crisis, such as a pandemic, when people may be vulnerable,” said Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. “It’s important to know that the Pennsylvania Lottery will only contact players if they won a Second-Chance Drawing, a giveaway into which a player may have submitted an entry, or to collect their winning story. We never call or email people at random.”

The Lottery says to be aware of these warning signs of scams:

  • If you are told to buy a pre-paid debit card to pay an up-front “processing fee” or taxes
  • If you are asked for personal financial information, such as bank account routing numbers
  • If you’re told the supposed prize is in pounds, euros, or anything other than dollars
  • If an e-mail contains poor grammar or misspellings, or if a caller states they are — or sounds as if they could be — calling from outside the United States
  • If you are instructed to keep the news of your supposed “win” a secret
  • If you are told that you can “verify” the prize by calling a certain number. That number may be part of the scam. Instead of calling it, look up the lottery or organization on your own to find out its real contact information, then call and ask to speak with security.

Anyone wishing to file a complaint or receive more information about possible scams, Pennsylvanians are encouraged to call 1-877-382-4357. Anyone who feels they were the victim of a scam should contact police.

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