Better Business Bureau issues warning after New River Valley man loses $1,600 to lottery scam

BBB Serving Western VA warns of lottery and sweepstakes scams and what to do to avoid them

New River Valley man loses thousands in lottery scam
New River Valley man loses thousands in lottery scam

The Mega Millions jackpot continues to grow and it has people feeling lucky.

The Jackpot for tonight’s drawing stands at $850 million. The Powerball is at $730 million; that drawing is tomorrow night.

The Better Business Bureau Serving Western Virginia warns this is a time scammers take advantage of with lottery and sweepstakes scams.

Lottery and sweepstakes scams have been around for years. Julie Wheeler, president and CEO of BBB Serving Western Virginia told 10 News those type of scams are in the top four every year for most reported and most money lost.

Wheeler said people let their guard down they hear scam artists use well-known names like Publishers Clearing House for a sweepstakes win, sometimes they even use BBB to create credibility.

It should be noted the real Publishers Clearing House is BBB accredited.

Here are red flags you’ll want to remember to avoid falling victim of these types of scams:

  • You can’t win a sweepstakes or lottery if you didn’t enter
  • You don’t pay anything up front to win a lottery or sweepstakes
  • The scammer will ask for an alternative form of payment like a gift card because it’s easy for them to use and hard for you to track when it’s too late.

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