How to Spot Lottery Scams?
Email Lottery Scams
Email lottery scam attempts are at large the biggest threat from online scammers. These types of scams are done by people who try to lure you into sending them money that they plan to steal from you. They will usually send you an email telling you that you have won the lottery and that once you pay a “fee” or “tax” the win will be sent to you. Beware of these types of scams and don’t get lured into sending money to someone you don’t know, just because they tell you that you have won some mysterious lottery prize when in fact you have not even bought a ticket.
Fake Lottery Websites
There are only 2 types of ways to buy lottery tickets online. The first is through an official lottery website, most official lottery websites don’t have an online paying option and prefer to work with vendors and agents at gas stations and kiosks. The second way is to use a concierge service or online agent that has a secure website and offers scanned tickets. There are also “lotto betting” services, you don’t buy an actual ticket on betting service websites though.
If you find yourself on a website claiming to be the “official” lottery website and they are asking you to make a payment to buy tickets online, you may be a potential scam victim on a fake site. Make sure that the website is secured (the web address is HTTPS) and search “Google” or any other trusted search engine for the “official” website before trying to buy tickets.
Is it Safe to Buy Lottery Tickets Online?
All in all there are just as many trustworthy online agents and lotto concierge service providers as there are scammers and fraudsters. Look out for the scammers and do a quick “Google” search before you make any online purchase to make sure that you are not being duped by any known scams.