The Nebraska Lottery launched a scam awareness campaign in an effort to prevent Nebraskans from becoming victims of scammers. Lottery spokesman Neil Watson says they are regularly contacted by individuals who say an official with the lottery contacted them about a prize but before they can collect they need to send money or provide personal information.
Watson says there are four points to remember if you receive an email, call or letter in the mail.
The Lottery never charges for a prize.
A Lottery official would never contact you personally about a winning jackpot.
A Lottery official would never ask you for money up front.
There is no way to win a Lottery prize if you didn’t play a Lottery game.
The Nebraska Lottery has a new website, stoplotteryscams.com and it contains helpful tips on how to identify a scam before providing personal information or money. It contains a short video and a brochure that contains valuable tips on how to spot a scam.
The Lottery asks if anyone receives a questionable phone call, email, letter or notices a suspicious website to call Nebraska Lottery Security at 1-800-587-5200.