Lottery Scams

  • If you receive an e-mail informing you that you have won a major prize in an international lottery, be skeptical. Lottery scams are one of the most common types of e-mail scams.
  • To verify your identity and process your winnings, you may be asked to provide banking details, personal information, and copies of your driver's license or passport. If you do so, the scammer will have enough information to steal your identity.
  • If you receive one of these scam e-mails, it is important that you do not respond to it in any way. The scammers are likely to act upon any response from those they see as potential victims. Plus, playing a foreign lottery is a violation of federal law.
  • If you already have responded, stop all communication immediately. If you have supplied any personal information, you may be at risk of becoming a victim of identity theft. You should report your credit or debit card information as stolen to IFCU.