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Va. Lottery Warns Consumers of Lottery Scams

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Lottery is launching a campaign to warn people about fake lottery scams.

Officials say the "Play Smart" campaign is aimed at informing both lottery players and non-players to be careful when someone tells them they have won a large prize.

While the scams take many forms, officials say that in most cases, criminals email or call to tell intended victims they have won a large prize. Then the crooks try to get the person to send money or personal information.

“The best defense for consumers is awareness," said Virginia Lottery spokesperson John Hagerty. "Since many of these scammers operate overseas, if you send them money, you’ll likely never recover it."

The "Play Smart" campaign includes a public service announcement for TV and radio, as well as a brochure filled with tips on how to avoid being scammed.


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