DeWine warns consumers of lottery scams - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

DeWine warns consumers of lottery scams

Posted: Updated:

As the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots rise, the Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning consumers of lottery scams.

DeWine says to watch out for fake phone calls or letters telling people they have won millions of dollars.

Officials say the Ohio Attorney General's Office has received several reports of these scams in the last week.

DeWine says the scam usually begins with a letter or phone call claiming the person has won millions of dollars. Then, the person is asked to wire a few hundred to cover the processing fees.

"We just warn people to be careful. In most cases, if you're getting a call saying you've won millions of dollars, it's a scam," said Attorney General DeWine.

DeWine says these tips may avoid lottery scams:

Don't send money to receive a prize. Don't trust people who contact you unexpectedly, claim you've won a lottery or sweepstakes, and ask you to pay to receive the prize. If you truly won, you shouldn't need to send your own money in advance to receive your winnings. 
Be wary of requests for wire transfers, money orders, or gift cards. These payment methods are used frequently in scams. Once the money is sent, it is difficult to trace or recover it. Also, be wary if you receive an unexpected check in the mail. It may be a counterfeit check used as part of a scam.
Talk to friends and family about scams. Red flags include unusual banking activities, wire transfer receipts, and an increased number of phone calls made to them.

  • More From wfmj.comHot ClicksMore>>

  • Thousands sing 'Happy Birthday' to Queen Elizabeth II

    Thousands sing 'Happy Birthday' to Queen Elizabeth II

    Sunday, April 22 2018 8:15 AM EDT2018-04-22 12:15:47 GMT
    (Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP). Britain's Queen Elizabeth raises her glass during speeches at The Queen's Dinner, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace in London, Thursday, April 19, 2018.(Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP). Britain's Queen Elizabeth raises her glass during speeches at The Queen's Dinner, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace in London, Thursday, April 19, 2018.
    Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a star-studded concert in London.More >>
    Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a star-studded concert in London.More >>
  • Trump says he doesn't think personal lawyer will 'flip'

    Trump says he doesn't think personal lawyer will 'flip'

    Sunday, April 22 2018 7:18 AM EDT2018-04-22 11:18:16 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File). FILE - In a Monday, April 16, 2018, file photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, center, leaves federal court, in New York. Federal prosecutors said they can give President Donald Trump's person...(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File). FILE - In a Monday, April 16, 2018, file photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, center, leaves federal court, in New York. Federal prosecutors said they can give President Donald Trump's person...
    President Donald Trump says he doesn't expect personal lawyer Michael Cohen to "flip" as the government investigates Cohen's business dealings.More >>
    President Donald Trump says he doesn't expect personal lawyer Michael Cohen to "flip" as the government investigates Cohen's business dealings.More >>
  • FAA orders more engine inspections after Southwest accident

    FAA orders more engine inspections after Southwest accident

    Sunday, April 22 2018 5:45 AM EDT2018-04-22 09:45:24 GMT
    (NTSB via AP). National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Southwes...(NTSB via AP). National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Southwes...
    The manufacturer of the jet engine involved in a fatal Southwest Airlines accident Tuesday wants more jets to be inspected for potential problems.More >>
    The manufacturer of the jet engine involved in a fatal Southwest Airlines accident Tuesday wants more jets to be inspected for potential problems.More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms