Cease all communications with these scammers and if you have given out sensitive personal identifying information, take all precautions against identity theft. Once you give them money, as you can see, they will simply come up with more reasons for you to send more money. But if you stop sending it they are not beyond hacking into your account if you have given them the means to do it. Cut your losses now.Here are some other things you should know about lottery and sweepstakes scams:-- If you never bought a lottery or sweepstakes ticket or entered a contest in the first place, there's no way you can win it. Don't let anyone try to convince you otherwise.-- No legitimate lottery makes you pay them anything up front in order for you to collect your winnings. If there are any real transfer costs, a legitimate business will deduct them from your winnings and send you the rest free and clear. No charge. No partial payment send some back. What you won you get without having to send in a dime.-- Any unsolicited offer asking you to send money by wire outside of the country is a fraud. A wire transfer is the scammer's safest means of stealing your money because it is instant, irreversible and untraceableCall your local police to report the fraud and the FBI, online at IC3.gov as the only chance you have of recovering your money is if these thieves can be apprehended.
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