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Lottery Scams

A lottery scam is another method that con artists use to try to trick you out of your money. Here is how the scam works: You will receive an official looking document or letter that claims that you are the winner in the Canadian (or other foreign country) lottery and enclosed will be a check. There will also be instructions on how to claim your prize. It will also claim that you will need to pay a fee, which is what the check is for. All you need to do is cash the check and send in the fee in the form of a money order or wire transfer and await further instructions.

Once you deposit the check and send the money off to Canada (or where ever) it will bounce. It is not until then that you realize what happened. This scam is not new, we hear about different variations of it often. It is up to you to be cautious. Do not trust something that you never even signed up for, especially a lottery in a foreign country. Never send money to claim a prize. You must also remember that the money paid to the scammer cannot be recovered.

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