How to avoid lottery scams

Posted: 8:46 AM, Jan 14, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-14 08:46:59-05

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.