Monday, January 11, 2016

International Lottery Scams

This week's $1.3 billion Powerball prize may have given you a case of lottery fever, but this page from the Federal Trade Commission can help you avoid getting caught by an international lottery scam:

http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0086-international-lottery-scams

Whenever you get a solicitation that sounds tempting, just keep in mind that it's against federal law to play a foreign lottery.

There's additional information from the U.S. Department of State here:

http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/emergencies/scams/lottery.html

And from OnGuard Online here:

https://www.onguardonline.gov/articles/0002c-lotteries-and-sweepstakes-scams

Even when you gamble, you should try to minimize your risks.

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