People who get an email claiming they have won a prize greater than $1 million in an online drawing are more than likely not having a lucky day.
The N.C. Education Lottery issued a warning Friday of scammers sending fake emails regarding a drawing called the Legacy Prize. The email asks players to send personal information to a claims office overseas.
“Lottery scams, unfortunately, are all too common,” lottery director Alice Garland said in a press release. “But they can easily be avoided by looking for the warning signs.”
Here are some tips from lottery officials:
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▪ The lottery does not know who winners are until they claim their prize. People will not get an email notifying them they won a prize, unless they are part of the lottery’s players club.
▪ The lottery will never ask for personal information over email. If you do receive a prize notification e-mail from the lottery’s Lucke-Rewards or subscription program, it will ask you to verify contact information that is already on file.
▪ The lottery does not have an overseas claim office.
People can also call the lottery’s security hotline 888-732-6235 or learn more about scams at nc-educationlottery.org.