Be a Vigilant Consumer; Beware of Scams

In today’s age of computers, cell phones and information seemingly floating around bewareeverywhere, it’s good to always be protective of your personal information. It’s also important to beware of anyone trying to get that information.

Today we received two messages from fans on our Ohio Lottery Facebook page about someone named Lana Sandman contacting them claiming to be an Ohio Lottery representative. They were told that they had won $300,000 and they needed to set up a new bank account to receive the prize money. Lana Sandman is not a representative of the Ohio Lottery.

We thought this was a great opportunity to remind our players of a few things. First, the Ohio Lottery will never contact you via Facebook, email or a phone call to tell you that you’ve won a jackpot prize. We don’t know who our winners are until they come forward to claim the prize. If you do get a call or an email claiming you’re a big winner, you can always call us directly to double check.

If you win, we will never ask you to deposit money into an account or send us money in order to claim your prize. We will also never ask you to set up a separate bank account so you can claim your prize.

As the old adage goes, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. There are many scams out there, and many people who have fallen for them. We don’t want you to be the next victim.

Follow the link below for Ohio Lottery regional office phone numbers. If you ever have a question about a claim by someone that you’re a winner, contact us first.

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2 Responses to Be a Vigilant Consumer; Beware of Scams

  1. Mike says:

    I was getting messages on Facebook instant messaging that I won $250.000
    Yesterday. They claim that they wanted me to send them $5000 western union first in order to get the $250.000..

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