For immediate release: Oct 26, 2010
Posted by: [Attorney General]
Contact: Molly Butters
Phone: 317-232-0168

Consumer Fraud Alert: Avoid Sweepstakes and Lottery scams

Congratulations! It's NOT your lucky day!

... And that's okay!

Regardless of what you're told on the phone, in a letter, fax or email - you are NOT the lucky winner of a large sum of money. It's the cold, hard truth and Attorney General Greg Zoeller is reminding Hoosiers not to believe everything they read or hear, especially when it starts with, "Congratulations!"

Anyone with an email address, phone number, fax number or mailing address will probably at one time or another receive a solicitation that claims to be the key to unlocking hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars. Regardless of whether the promise is an international lottery jackpot, a 30% share of a Prince's inheritance or a war zone treasure trove - it is a scam. Hang up, delete or shred the scammer's attempt to steal your money, identity or both. You'll feel like a winner knowing you stopped the crooks from claiming one more victim.

Click links to view examples of common scams:
Fax scams: - Unsolicited fax advertisements are illegal in Indiana. To file a complaint with the Attorney General's office go to http://www.indianaconsumer.com/ or call 1-888-834-9969.

Mail scams: - Never reply to lottery or sweepstakes offers. Acknowledging that a solicitation made it into the hands of a real person will prompt your name being added to lists that fraud peddlers buy and sell online.

Email scams: Forward deceptive spam email to spam@uce.gov. The Federal Trade Commission uses the spam stored in this database to pursue law enforcement actions against people who send deceptive email.

Be an advocate for fraud prevention - remind your friends and family it is NOT their lucky day!

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