FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2016
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
FLORIDA LOTTERY WARNS CITIZENS OF MEGA MILLIONS® SCAM
TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Lottery is warning citizens of an advance fee lottery scam involving MEGA MILLIONS® and invoking fake notices from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC) to the public claiming they have won prizes.
The notice advises individuals that they have won a MEGA MILLIONS prize and requests they wire transfer thousands of dollars to the scammer in order to secure their winnings. In further efforts to appear legitimate, the documentation sent to the victims includes memorandum/stationery from the FBI and FDIC that serve as letters of authentication. In a recent scam, a photo claiming to show three FBI agents was sent in an attempt to further prove its validity.
The Florida Lottery joins the FBI and the FDIC in urging the public to remain vigilant to this scam and others like it. Florida Lottery players will never be required to transfer funds to secure their winnings for MEGA MILLIONS or any other Florida Lottery game. For more information and to find other tips to protect yourself, please visit flalottery.com. To report a lottery scam, consumers should contact the Florida Lottery's Division of Security at (850) 487-7730.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $30 billion to education and sending more than 750,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $52.4 billion in prizes and made more than 1,900 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
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