FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2007
BEWARE OF FRAUDULENT EMAILS
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Lottery is warning the public to beware of a series of fraudulent emails that appear to be from the Tennessee Lottery and promise the recipient that he or she is a prize winner.
“These messages are not from the Tennessee Lottery,” said President and CEO Rebecca Paul Hargrove. “We are urging caution about responding to an email that appears to be from the Tennessee Lottery.”
The recent emails begin with the phrase:
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT
REBECCA PAUL HARGROVE & CEO
(TENNESSEE LOTTO INTERNATIONAL)
PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
REF NO: 04/0069/IPA
BATCH NO: ES/ 20075117/0
If you have questions or would like to report a fraudulent message, please call your local law enforcement or Lottery Security at (615) 324-6688. Remember these tips when trying to determine if you have been contacted by a scam artist:
The Tennessee Education Lottery will never contact you to say you’ve won a prize unless you’ve entered a “promotional game” or “second chance drawing” sponsored by the TEL.
Anyone who requests money from you before you can receive a prize is probably not legitimate. This includes any mention of up-front taxes, fees or insurance.
Remember, scams can be perpetrated via the telephone, mail, email or even in person. Never reveal your personal information, such as driver’s license, passport number, social security number, date of birth, bank accounts and credit card accounts to anyone who initiates contact with you.
The Tennessee Lottery began selling its first tickets on January 20, 2004. As of March 31, 2007, the Lottery has raised over $842 million to fund specific education programs, including college scholarships, pre-kindergarten and after-school programs. For more information, please visit www.tnlottery.com. For information about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit www.collegepaystn.com.
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