The EuroMillions lottery is one of the most popular lotteries in the world with a jackpot that seeds at £13 million. Given its popularity it comes as no surprise that there are several scams around that can turn a lottery player’s dream of winning a lottery into a nightmare.
In the past lottery scams involved overseas lotteries but these days any lottery is used as a cover and the recent trend is to try conning people on the EuroMillions lottery.
Typically the first point of contact can be via an email in which the potential victim is informed of a ‘win. Many of these types of emails look remarkably legitimate and some cons men even link the mail back to the original site.
Some scam artists will pretend to be a lottery official and call the potential victim informing them about the ‘good news’. Some even send letters. What all of these con men have in common is that they will ask for personal information and bank details, something a legitimate lottery wouldn’t do.
Another trick is to ask for a ‘processing fee’, ‘taxes’ or ‘handling fees’ from the victim because a legitimate lottery would never ask you to pay taxes or fees before receiving a prize. If required, taxes would be deducted from the prize itself.
Protecting yourself against scams is a matter of vigilance and common sense. For starters, remember that you can only win a lottery if you participated so if you receive information about a multi million win on EuroMillions, Lotto or any other lottery, the rule of the thumb is – if you haven’t played, you didn’t win.
Remember, no national lottery requires any processing fees and don’t rely on information provided in a direct mailer, telephone or email without authenticating the source.
On a happier note, tonight’s EuroMillions is worth a massive £39 million after rolling over three times so don’t miss this opportunity to win a jackpot tonight.