If you receive an email, phone call or text message informing you that you have won a major prize in an international lottery, be skeptical. Lottery scams are one of the most common types of scams.

The details of lottery scams vary, but may contain the same basic information:

  • when and where the drawing was held
  • the ticket numbers
  • the sponsoring organization (sometimes the name of a real company)
  • the payer's phone and fax numbers
  • the amount of the prize