In this modern world of email and Internet, it’s really made lives easier around the world. However, for every benefit there’s a flip side, and that means it’s also made it easier for lottery scammers to target people online.
Lottery scams and confidence tricks have been around as long as the lottery jackpots themselves have, and many of us will have received correspondence, usually by mail telling us we’ve won a big foreign lottery jackpot.
The scammers have gotten technical, and now many are targeting via email, which allows them to target far more people, and with the rise in play for overseas lottery draws, they have plenty of big names in the lottery world to hide behind.
Lottery players need to guard themselves against these lottery scams and the best way to do so is it employ common sense. Whether it’s an email, or a letter, take a good look at it. Does it really look genuine, and where did it come from? Checking spellings and email addresses can often be a good way to weed out the scammers. Often lottery scammers will misspell words, something an official lottery is unlikely to do.
However, the best rule of thumb when it comes to lottery jackpot scams, is the question “Do I play this lottery?”. If you haven’t bought lottery tickets for a draw, then how can you possibly have won a prize, as the lottery scam letters often say you have.
No lottery draw, anywhere in the world would ever ask you for money before you receive your lottery winnings. So remember, if something seems too good to be true, then there’s a good chance that it is!
Beware out there, and never send money to unsolicited individuals, never hand over any personal details and most certainly never hand over your bank details to anyone who has told you that you have won a lottery jackpot, no matter how much they say it is worth!