Florida Lottery warns citizens of email scam

Florida Lottery warns citizens of email scam

The Florida Lottery is warning citizens of a lottery scam in which scammers are sending emails to the public in an effort to obtain personal and financial information.
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Lottery is warning citizens of a lottery scam in which scammers are sending emails to the public in an effort to obtain personal and financial information.

The email includes the Florida Lottery logo and uses the Florida Lottery headquarters’ address as part of the letterhead. The email states that the recipient has won a prize and should contact the listed “Contact Person” to claim his or her share of the jackpot. The email provides email addresses for the individual to use in submitting general information required to claim the prize. The email does not ask the individual to pay or provide financial information, but once he or she responds to the email, the scammers will then request financial information and/or that a tax or fee be paid to claim the prize.

The Florida Lottery does not contact players to inform them that they have won a prize unless they have entered a promotional game or second chance drawing on the official Florida Lottery website or social media pages. Individuals who receive an email similar to the one attached should not respond to the email. 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 $26 billion to education and sending more than 650,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests nearly 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 $37 billion in prizes and made more than 1,300 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
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