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Fraud, Scam, and Security Alerts

Notices of Phony Prize Promotions, Lottery Schemes, and Bogus Emails

Occasionally, players receive phone calls, letters, or e-mails telling them they've won a prize in some foreign lottery. Most often, they're told that to claim their winnings they have to pay certain fees. Sometimes they're asked for personal data such as Social Security number, credit card number or expiration date, or mother's maiden name.

Almost always, such notifications are scams!

We'll use this page to alert you whenever we're aware of scams like these operating in Montana. If you believe you've been targeted by such scam artists, please let us know.

Click here for information on Illegal Foreign Lotteries.

www.fakechecks.org has information on other scams.

Please click here for information on how to identify counterfeit money.

The Federal Trade Commission has a web site to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid these types of scams. The site provides a variety of detailed information about the various types of scams as well as how to file a complaint.

So does the U.S. Postal Inspections Office. They provide an excellent article about lottery and sweepstakes fraud.

You can also report frauds or scams to other authorities including your local police, your state attorneys general office, or the following:
Canadian Anti-Fraud Organization
International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network

All of these agencies have online forms to fill out to report this type of fraud.