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How to avoid lottery scams

Posted at 8:46 AM, Jan 14, 2016

There are plenty of crooks out there looking to take advantage of people dreaming about winning the powerball jackpot.

The "Better Business Bureau" has this advice to protect yourself.

  • Never pay to claim your prize.
     
  • All you have to do is turn the winning ticket in.
     
  • Don't send someone money, pre-paid debit cards or anything else.
     
  • You should be automatically suspicious if someone sends you an e-mail telling you that you've won --- especially if the e-mail includes--- a link or attachment for you to click on.
     
  • Even if it sounds legit verify it through the state lottery commission, not through the phone number or whatever else they give you.
     
  • And remember you can't win a contest you didn't enter.