Lottery fraud is one of many different types of Advance Fee Fraud, where the perpetrator attempts to persuade a possible victim to pay fees in advance or relative small sums of money for a service he or she has never asked for.
In the case of a lottery scam, the money has to be paid for the transfer of a fictitious big lottery win. Very often, names of popular companies or organizations are misused to give the lottery a trustworthy impression. Modern media are often used, for example, the Internet, mobile devices and cell phones.
If you are the victim of a lottery scam, or if you have received an unexpected letter about a significant lottery win which has to be transferred from a foreign country to your account:
- Do not reply to any of these messages
- Do not send any money
- Do not send or hand over identification documents - not even copies
- Never surrender details of your bank accounts or payment cards
- Never open any attachments
If you are already in contact with these criminals or have already paid advance fees:
- Save all received and sent email and text messages
- Save all documents of transactions and remittances
- Never agree to meet the criminals in person in order to receive a prize - you will not receive any money and you may be putting yourself in danger!
- Contact your local police immediately and follow their advice.
Interpol is the world’s largest international police organization. Established in 1923, it facilitates cross-border police co-operation, and supports and assists all organizations, authorities and services whose mission is to prevent or combat international crime.
Interpol aims to facilitate international police co-operation even where diplomatic relations do not exist between particular countries. Action is taken within the limits of existing laws in different countries and in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Interpol’s constitution prohibits ‘any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.’
Don't forget: You cannot win a prize for a lottery in which you have never participated in.