Scammers continue to try their best to separate you from your hard-earned money, and one of the techniques they use involves impersonating lotteries.
Remember, the only lottery that can operate in Iowa is the Iowa Lottery. And unless you specifically enter an Iowa Lottery promotion or contest, we will never contact you to inform you that you’ve won a prize.
If you receive suspicious materials, telephone calls or e-mails or if you have questions about information that supposedly came from a lottery, call the Iowa Lottery and ask for our Security Division.
Here are some other tips to help you avoid lottery scams:
• If someone says that you’ve won a big prize, stop and ask yourself this question: Did I buy a ticket or enter that contest? If you didn’t, it’s likely a scam.
• Never pay processing fees, insurance or commissions to claim a lottery prize. Legitimate lotteries do not require winners to pay anything up front to receive a prize.
• Never believe a letter, phone call or Internet message from someone who claims they can guarantee you a prize. Legitimate lotteries do not guarantee that you will win a prize and do not require you to join a prize pool to play.