Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel warns of lottery scams

By Rebecca Lane - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - People are geared up to win big in the upcoming Arkansas Lottery-and scam artists are geared up to make you lose big.

According to the website, thousands of scam letters are sent out every day to steal people's money and identities.  Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says to never give your credit card information, social security number or other personal information to anyone claiming to be affiliated with the lottery.  He says they will never ask this information from you.

"Scam artists are very creative," McDaniel explains, "whether it's the lottery or email or any other new means of reaching you they will find a way to take advantage of you." also warns that legitimate lotteries and sweepstakes (free lotteries) will never require money to receive your winnings.  There are no fees.  The only money you must pay are taxes from your winnings which you pay straight to your government.  The website also warns of emails.  Your identity can be stolen simply by opening the very first letter from them.  Your identity is much more important to them than the money you send them.

Lottery money and Sweepstakes money is sent by check using DHL, UPS, or FedEx and will have the lottery company name on the check.

McDaniel says if you have any concerns that you may be a victim of a scam, contact the Attorney General's office or the Lottery Commission.  He stresses to use common sense.

"If it sounds too good to be true, it is. Don't take anything on faith."

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