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International Lottery Scams

Did you just win a foreign lottery or sweepstakes? Scammers will often notify unsuspecting Americans through the mail or email that they’ve won a lottery, sweepstakes, automobile, or vacation. These notifications often come with requests for money to pay taxes and fees before you can claim your prize. This can continue for weeks, months, or even years. In the end, there is no prize and thousands of dollars could be lost.

Lottery Losses

Lottery scams often target the vulnerable. Watch to see how this woman and her family were impacted.

Protect Yourself From Lottery Fraud

  • Avoid foreign lotteries. If a lottery is based in a foreign country and conducted through the mail, it’s illegal.

  • Never wire or send money to someone who says you’ve won a prize.

  • No legitimate lottery would ask for money to claim your prize.

Have You Witnessed This Scam?

If you’ve been affected by a lottery scam and the U.S. Mail® has been used in any way, we want to help. Please report the crime.

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