Mary­land AG Frosh warns of ‘Mega Mil­lions’ lottery scam

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - MARYLAND - By Phil Davis

Mary­land At­tor­ney Gen­eral Brian Frosh is warn­ing res­i­dents that scam­mers are try­ing to con­vince peo­ple they’ve won a nonex­is­tent Mega Mil­lions lottery by mail­ing phony let­ters to peo­ple’s homes.

Frosh’s of­fice wrote in a news re­lease that the scam is tar­get­ing Mary­land res­i­dents by send­ing a phony let­ter pro­claim­ing the re­cip­i­ent has won the “Mega Mil­lions In­ter­na­tional Lottery 2019 Draw.” It urges re­cip­i­ents to con­tact the lottery com­pany by a dead­line so they can be paid their win­nings via a wire trans­fer to their bank ac­count.

“The sender of the let­ter has no af­fil­i­a­tion with the Mega Mil­lions Con­sor­tium,” wrote Frosh’s of­fice, adding that the let­ter “in­cludes sev­eral lo­gos in­clud­ing that of Mega Mil­lions and the United Na­tions.”

The at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice said that any­one who re­ceives a sim­i­lar let­ter or any let­ter say­ing they’ve won an “in­ter­na­tional” lottery should ig­nore it and throw it away.

The of­fice also of­fered the fol­low­ing tips for avoid­ing sim­i­lar scams:

Do not un­der any cir­cum­stances send money by wire, funds trans­fer, gift cards, or cashier’s check to any­one claim­ing you need to pay a fee to re­ceive an award or lottery win­nings, par­tic­u­larly one you didn’t specif­i­cally en­ter.

Do not give your bank rout­ing or ac­count informatio­n to any­one so they can “de­posit your win­nings.” The money in your bank ac­count could be wiped out in sec­onds.

Be wary of ur­gent re­quests to “act now”; scam­mers will of­ten cre­ate a false sense of ur­gency to get you to re­spond with­out think­ing care­fully.

Do not click on any links or call any num­bers in a sus­pi­cious email or text; even if the links look of­fi­cial, they could re­di­rect you to a harm­ful web­site or down­load viruses onto your phone or com­puter.

If it looks too good to be true, like win­ning mil­lions of dol­lars from a for­eign lottery, it prob­a­bly is.

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