Lottery scams are a very common method of extracting money and/or personal information from unsuspecting targets. Scammers do this by enticing people with a large sum of money while often stating that there will be a fee to process the claim. Anyone can become a victim of a lottery scams, however they can be easily avoided if you know what to check for. Keep reading to find out what types of scams are being used and what to look out for if you receive one.

Avoiding Scams

Lottery scams are effective as they convince people they have won a large amount of money, when in actual fact all that is going to happen is the victim will spend money trying to get their hands on a prize that never existed in the first place. Use the general steps below to avoid being scammed:

How to Spot a Scam

When you know what to look for in a lottery scam, it becomes very obvious when you are being targeted. Check out these points below which highlight some common tactics scammers will use:

Types of Scams

There are various different ways in which you may be contacted by a scammer. We have highlighted the most common forms of lottery scams below:

Other signs to look for

What to do next

If you think you are being targetted by a scammer, follow the steps below:

If you have already replied to the scammers, given any personal information or sent them money, then cut off contact straight away and call your bank and explain to them what has happened. They will be able to advise you on the next steps to take in order protect your account(s).