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Lottery Officials Warning People Of Scams To Get Personal Information

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File photo of lottery ticket. (Photo Credit: Barbara Ann Kelley)

File photo of lottery ticket. (Photo Credit: Barbara Ann Kelley)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Lottery officials say their logo and letterhead are being used in scam emails seeking personal data to claim fake prizes.

Lottery officials said Monday that the scam emails say the recipient has won a prize and should contact the listed person to claim a share of the jackpot. Once the email recipient responds, the scammers then send a follow-up email requesting financial information and money for a tax to claim the prize.

Lottery officials say they do not contact players to let them know they’ve won a prize unless they entered a promotional game or a second-chance drawing on the official Florida Lottery website or social media pages.

To report a lottery scam, consumers should contact the Florida Lottery’s Division of Security at 850-487-7730.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 

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