Ten Tips to Avoid Lottery Scams


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Buy only in authorized sites, distrust calls and messages about supposed prizes or check the authenticity of tickets are some of the tricks with which we can avoid scams with the Christmas Lottery.

In the face of the massive increase in lottery sales due to the Extraordinary Christmas Lottery Draw, the National Police has warned that the possibility of scams also increases. It points out that the fraudulent sale, the problems charging shared tickets, the identity theft o go fake awards.

Buy only in authorized sites, distrust calls and messages about supposed prizes or check the authenticity of the tickets are some of the tips that have been released from the Police to avoid fraud in the Christmas Lottery.

They recommend paying special attention to buying online, going only to official and secure pages, as well as being wary of calls or messages with false identities in which the recipient is informed that he has been awarded a prize in order to get his private data, including banking.

In this sense, they urge you to avoid calling numbers that are indicated or follow links to websites that are proposed to you, and not make any payment.

Likewise, the Police recommend not to lower your guard with lifelong scams such as the so-called “tocomocho”, whose victims are usually elderly people who are approached on the street and, with the excuse of having a prize awarded and not being able to collect it for some reason, they offer it to you in exchange for a large sum of money.

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This is the complete decalogue that the Police have spread through their social networks:

1) Buy the lottery tickets for the draw only on authorized sites, either in physical establishments or online.

2) If you make your purchase online, save the emails related to it Y take screenshots management if necessary.

3) Be wary of messages that you receive informing you that you have been awarded in a draw that you do not know and in which you have not participated.

4) Check that your tenth has the logo, the code and all the verification items.

5) When you share Lottery with friends or family, photocopy the tenth and indicate who participates in that purchase Y how much does each of them play.

6) Search keep the ticket in perfect condition, its deterioration could give you problems in case of being awarded, and remember that it expires after three months.

7) Take a picture of your tenth or write down the number in a safe place, the series and the elements that help you identify it if you lose it.

8) Complaint at any National Police station the loss or theft of your tenth, in addition to communicating it to State Lotteries and Betting.

9) If you have been the victim of a scam, do not hesitate to report it providing all the data you have about the authors and their modus operandi.

10) Finally, if you have not fallen for the fraud but have data about it, you can inform the Police.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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