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So the old adage -if it sounds to good to be true, then it is; is unfortunately driven home by scammers calling random people, reaching out across the internet, or via USPS, saying that the consumer has won something, but that first they must pay some kind of amount- whether it is taxes, a processing fee, etc, in order to claim the money.
True lotteries do not require any such payments; rather any taxes are deducted from the winnings themselves.
Here are some examples of scammers per the government's advisory page:
These are common indicators of scamming techniques:
Often, scammers who operate by phone don’t want to give you time to think about their pitch; they just want you to say "yes." But some are so cunning that, even if you ask for more information, they seem happy to comply. They may direct you to a website or otherwise send information featuring “satisfied customers.” These customers, known as shills, are likely as fake as their praise for the company.
Here are a few red flags to help you spot telemarketing scams. If you hear a line that sounds like this, say "no, thank you," hang up, and file a complaint with the FTC:
- You've been specially selected (for this offer).
- You'll get a free bonus if you buy our product.
- You've won one of five valuable prizes.
- You've won big money in a foreign lottery.
- This investment is low risk and provides a higher return than you can get anywhere else.
- You have to make up your mind right away.
- You trust me, right?
- You don't need to check our company with anyone.
- We'll just put the shipping and handling charges on your credit card.
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