Phony Lottery Websites, "Lottery Winning Systems" and Scam Lottery Promotions
We discussed on this page the fake lottery winning notification scam, but another form of lottery scam occurs when you buy a foreign lottery ticket or buy a book or website's system of "how to win lotteries". The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the United State’s consumer protection agency, says almost all promotions for foreign lotteries are very likely to be phony.
How are they phony?
What's the harming in playing?
The FTC has these words of caution for consumers who are thinking about
responding to a foreign lottery:
The bottom line, according to the FTC: Ignore all mail and phone solicitations for foreign lottery promotions. If you receive what looks like lottery material in the mail from a foreign country, give it to your local postmaster for investigation.
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