Better Business Bureau Eastern Michigan Warns of “Mega Millions” Scam
By phone and mail Michiganders are being targeted.
Southfield, MI-October 2, 2015-Scammers are back to their old tricks; they have returned to impersonating the lottery with a “Mega Millions” phone and mail scam that has targeted consumers in Michigan. They are using, in some cases, the “lottery scam,” but, in other cases, both the “lottery scam” and the “over-payment scam.” The perpetrators are using the “Mega Millions” for its notoriety.
How the Scam Works:
The “Lottery Scam”: You receive a phone call or letter informing you that you’ve won the Mega Millions, but you have to wire or mail hundreds or even thousands of dollars in fees to a third party. Once the fees are paid, they claim the check for your millions of dollars in winnings can be delivered.
The “Lottery and Over-Payment Scam”: You receive the “You’ve won the Mega Millions” phone call or letter, but there are fees. They send you a check to deposit and then you are to wire or mail a large portion of the check as the fees to a third party. When the check clears it is found to be fraudulent and you are responsible for the money lost.
Tips to Protect Yourself from a Lottery Scam:
Lottery Scams are common, so here are the tips to avoid them:
• Never pay to claim a prize: You should never have to pay money or buy something in order to receive a prize. Be very cautious of requests to wire money or use a prepaid debit card.
• You CAN’T win a contest you DIDN’T enter: You have to buy a ticket to participate in the lottery. Be careful of being selected as a winner for something you didn’t enter.
• Verify: Check with someone who has more knowledge of the lottery such as your BBB, your FTC division, or your Attorney General.
For More Information:
Keep track of or report scams on bbb.org/detroit.
About Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula
Better Business Bureau Serving Detroit & Eastern Michigan is a non-profit organization with the purpose of promoting trust in the marketplace by assisting in the protection of consumers and businesses from fraud and unethical business practices. In addition to its recognized dispute resolution services, BBB maintains business reviews on the customer service history of more than 85,000 local businesses and provides consumer education materials on numerous topics. BBB provides its services free to the public and its service territory stretches across Eastern Michigan from Ann Arbor through Metropolitan Detroit, Lansing, Flint, upward to Alpena, and covers the entire Upper Peninsula of the state.