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Florida Lottery warns of scam targeting the elderly

Posted at 12:44 PM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 12:44:43-04

The Florida Lottery is warning people of lottery scams making rounds across the country.

The scammers inform the recipients that they've won the lottery prize, but must first send a check in order to verify banking information and receive their prize.

The Florida Lottery doesn't contact recipients to inform of their prize unless they have entered a promotional game or second chance drawing. That information would be put on the Florida Lottery website or social media pages.

The following tips are important tips to remember:

  • Never pay money to collect a prize.
  • Never give your credit card number(s) or personal information over the telephone to anyone promising lottery cash prizes or memberships.
  • Never redeem a lottery ticket for a stranger.
  • You do not need to be a U.S. citizen to claim a Florida Lottery prize.

For more information and to find other tips to protect yourself, click here.