Lottery scam warning for Missouri

Updated: Sep. 17, 2017 at 10:57 PM CDT
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(KFVS) - A recent lottery scam from someone posing as a lottery official has caused the Missouri Lottery to issue a warning.

The caller claims the person has won a large prize and in order to claim it, the individual needs  to open a bank account and deposit money to cover taxes and fees.

The Lottery will never:

  • Contact players by phone notifying them that they have won a cash prize.
  • Require vital information, such as Social Security numbers and bank account information, over the phone.
  • Instruct a winner to provide money to claim a prize.
  • Confirm that a ticket is a winner over the phone.

It is also not possible for a Lottery employee to know who wins a prize until the winner shows the ticket at a licensed Lottery retailer or at a Lottery office

If you think you've been contacted by a fraudulent organization or scammer suggesting lottery winnings, contact the Missouri Lottery (573-751-4050) or the Attorney General's Fraud Hotline (800-392-8222) to report suspicious activity. Additional player security information can be found at Mo under the "About Us" section and in the "Don't Get Scammed" brochure located at all Lottery play centers.

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