frauds and scams
Con artists, using bogus or altered Idaho Lottery tickets, try to scam their victims out of tens of thousands of dollars.
Each scam is unique but there are some common themes. The victims are usually elderly. And, there's almost always a sad story or a pressing reason for why the con artists need to cash their “winning” lottery ticket quickly.
An old saying still holds true, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Don't be a victim and don’t let anyone you know be a victim. When you hear one of these stories - get away, call the police, and give them a description. Help stop these criminals - before they rob again.
The Most Common Tricks - and the Truth
|The Scam:||The Truth:|
|"This is a winning ticket, but I need money to claim it. If you help me with the upfront money I'll share the jackpot with you."||Once the ticket is bought, no money is EVER required to claim a prize.|
|"I can't cash my winning Lottery ticket because I'm not a U.S. citizen."||You don't have to be a U.S. citizen to claim a lottery prize.|
|"Let's call the Lottery. They'll tell us this is a winning ticket."||We NEVER confirm that a ticket is a winner over the phone. The person on the phone is just a part of the scam.|
|"We need to hurry! I need to get back to my family - It's an emergency!"||The thieves are trying to rush you so you don't have time to think or call a family member or friend for advice or help.|
|Fake Checks||The envelope arrives with instructions to deposit a check and wire cash to cover taxes and fees tied to big lottery winnings. The victim is out the money but is responsible for every cent spent. Banks and credit unions are actually suing the customers who deposit fraudulent checks and spend money that doesn't exist.|
Don’t be a Victim! Be ALERT!
Refuse to be pressured
Tell the authorities