The Tennessee Lottery reminds the public to beware of fraudulent offers suggesting recipients are lottery prize winners. The offers typically ask recipients for a payment to cover processing fees or taxes. The Tennessee Lottery never requires fees to claim a prize and asks that anyone who receives such an offer to report and/or disregard. Here's a recent story that gives details about the harm these scams have caused: CLICK HERE
To help you in determining whether you have been contacted by a scam artist, we are providing a few guidelines, suggestions and resources. Remember these simple tips:
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.
If you think you’re a victim of fraud or attempted fraud by persons representing themselves as representatives of the Tennessee Lottery, please report it to your local law enforcement or Lottery Security at (615) 324-6688.
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.
Keep in mind the adage: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Following are resources where you can learn more about frauds and scams.
Federal Trade Commission - http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/edcams/crossborder
U.S. Postal Service - http://www.usps.com/postalinspectors/fraud/welcome.htm
The Internet Crime Complaint Center - http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx
About the Tennessee Education Lottery
The Tennessee Education Lottery operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Net proceeds from sales of Lottery tickets, currently averaging over $5 million per week, fund specific education programs, including college scholarships, pre-kindergarten and after-school programs. Since the Tennessee Lottery began selling tickets on Jan. 20, 2004, it has raised more than $1.4 billion for these programs, and returned to Tennessee communities more than $3 billion in prizes and more than $339 million in retailer commissions. For more information, please visit www.tnlottery.com. For information about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit www.collegepaystn.com.
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