Every day Floridians and visitors to Florida are targeted by unscrupulous individuals who try to prey upon the hopes and dreams of persons who want to win the lottery. These criminals methods may vary but their intentions are clear – to steal your money or trick you into giving them personal information or financial information that is used to rob your bank accounts or identity. The Florida Lottery Division of Security works closely with local, state and federal law enforcement to investigate and apprehend these fraudsters. The Division of Security also participates in public awareness campaigns designed to alert citizens, visitors and even persons outside of Florida of these lottery scams.
Examples of these scams and fraud schemes include:
- Sending you a bogus check and asking for your bank account information where it will be deposited.
- Sending you a notice that you have been awarded a prize and asking for a "Processing Fee" to process your winnings.
- Sending you an email or letter advising that you've won the Florida Lottery and trying to obtain your personal information so "con artists" can contact you directly to persuade, harass or even intimidate you into sending them money.
- Using Florida Lottery logos or actual addresses on its fake correspondence in an attempt to make the scam appear legitimate.
- A stranger (who knows the ticket is stolen) asks you to redeem a lottery ticket for him.
Signs to beware of:
- An email, letter or telephone caller asks for money in order to collect a lottery prize.
- They want your personal or financial information in order to process your prize.
- They tell you that you won a lottery that you've entered or played.
- They want your social security number or credit card information.
- They want to meet at your home or a public place to pay your prize.
What to do:
- When in doubt – hang up or don't respond to the scam email or letter.
- If you have a question – contact your nearest Florida Lottery office or the Division of Security.
- Report the incident to local law enforcement.
- REMEMBER – If it's too good to be true, it's a scam.
Social Media Scams
The Florida Lottery maintains a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Our followers should be wary of any message they receive from any of these social networking sites or other sources that may be impersonating the Florida Lottery. In particular, beware of scammers posing as Lottery agents or employees who communicate to you falsely that you've won a prize, or ask for personal or financial information. The only way to win a cash prize from the Florida Lottery is to purchase a ticket from a licensed lottery retailer. Social media users should also be wary of scammers posing as past Florida Lottery winners offering to send the user money or other prizes in exchange for personal information or payment.
To avoid being scammed via social media, please remember the Florida Lottery will NEVER:
- Send a user a "friend request" via Facebook.
- Send a user a "message" via social networking sites; unless the user has participated in a contest or the user sent a message/question first.
- Ask for contact information beyond what an entrant has already provided while entering a legitimate Florida Lottery giveaway or contest.
- Ask for bank account information via social networking sites in ANY case.
Please report any suspected scams to the Florida Lottery's Division of Security at (850) 487-7730.