Lottery officials warn of scammers

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has issued a warning about potential scammers.

According to a news release on Monday, there have been several reports where an unknown person acting as though they are a representative of the lottery. The person calls residents telling them they have won a lottery prize.

The person then tells the victim to go to a local store and buy a pre-paid card in order to pay taxes for the prize ahead of time. The scammer then provides a toll-free number with a message that mimics a phone message from the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

Lottery officials listed these tips to help protect residents:

  • The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery never requires the payment of any money in order to claim a prize.
  • The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery typically does not call people to tell them that they've won, except in contests that the person has intentionally entered.
  • Never provide any personal or financial information to someone over the phone unless you initiate the call or are certain the caller is legitimate, especially Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, and credit card numbers.

Also contact the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Security Hotline at 1-888-606-6292 if you have questions about such claims.

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