BBB warns of sweepstakes, lottery scams

BBB warns of sweepstakes, lottery scams
The Better Business Bureau has released an update on sweepstakes, lottery and prize scams.

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - The Better Business Bureau has released an update on sweepstakes, lottery and prize scams.

The BBB originally released an in-depth study on the scams in June 2018, but the scammers have now altered the scams to include COVID-19 twists.

The scams can come from phone calls, emails, the U.S. Postal Service or social media.

Potential victims are asked to pay a fee by wiring money or buying gift cards in order to receive fake prizes.

Scammers are attributing supposed delays in prize deliveries to COVID-19.

Tips to detect and avoid sweepstakes, lottery and prize scams:

  • You don’t remember entering a sweepstakes, lottery or prize contest
  • True lotteries and sweepstakes don’t ask for payment
  • Call the company directly to see if you actually won
  • Search the internet for the company, name or phone number of the person who contacted you
  • Law enforcement officials do not call and award prizes
  • Talk to a trusted family member or your bank

If a scammer has contacted you, you can report the scam to:

For a full breakdown of these scams, you can go to the BBB website by clicking here.

You can also visit the BBB website for general tips on how to avoid scams.

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