Have you ever received a social media message claiming you won a prize? If you have, you’re not alone, and when it comes to social media, the internet and email, you have to be protective of your information.
Today we received a message from a player who had been solicited via email claiming that the Ohio Lottery offers grants. The email came from firstname.lastname@example.org. That’s not an account representing the Ohio Lottery or the Cash Explosion Show.
Last week a customer called to let us know that a representative of the Consumer Protection Agency called him to inform him of a $450,000 Mega Millions sweepstakes prize he had won. He said the representative told him that there are so many scams that he’s calling winners so they know it’s real. Uh huh. The customer didn’t bite.
In recent weeks players have contacted us about messages they received on Instagram from someone claiming to be the Ohio Lottery. The messages said that the user had won a large cash prize. Sounds great, except the message was not from the Ohio Lottery.
As social media has grown, so have scams like these. Here’s what you should know about those messages.
*The Ohio Lottery will never ask you to send money in order to claim a prize.
*Misspellings, bad grammar and the word “sweepstakes” are dead giveaways that it’s a scam.
*The official Ohio Lottery Instagram is verified so look for the check mark in the blue circle.
*Never give personal information like bank account or social security numbers.
*If you’re unsure, call the Ohio Lottery at 1-800-686-4208.
*If you didn’t enter a drawing or buy a ticket, chances are you did not win.
We hope you follow these tips to stay safe and protect your money and your personal information.