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Monday, June 17, 2024

Make no mistake, foreign lotteries are illegal

Playing a foreign lottery through the mail will pretty much guarantee that you will lose. Once you play, you’ll be put on a list.

Things to know
Here are some things to know about foreign lotteries:
• It’s illegal. Federal law prohibits mailing lottery tickets, advertisements or payments to purchase tickets in a foreign lottery.
• Foreign lottery agents take your money and don’t even buy the tickets.
• Scammers will tell you you’ve won and want to charge you a fee to collect non-existent winnings.
• Don’t give out personal or financial information to anyone over the Internet or phone who tells you you’ve won — but need to pay taxes or a fee to collect your winnings.

Share your scam story
Local law enforcement is concerned about the impact of scams on area residents, particularly the elderly.
Consequently, this newspaper works with local police and sheriff’s departments to keep residents updated on common schemes. Scam Alerts will appear in future editions as often as possible in the coming weeks.

Readers can also find online scam updates Tuesdays at windomnews.com.
If you have been the target of a scam, your first contact should be local authorities. Also, feel free to contact us with details (we can keep your name confidential).

Send your story to: rahnl@windomnews.com, or call 507-831-3455. By sharing, you could prevent someone from being scammed.

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