Lottery gamers: Watch out for Facebook lotto fraud

Lottery News - Maine State Lottery warns its lottery players of a potential scam being perpetrated on Facebook. Internet and social media users ought to be weary of emails and messages claiming they've won a prize. These messages typically encourage the reader to offer cash or sensitive information including credit card and bank details. If you comply, you're at danger of being a victim of identity fraud.
For instance, a Facebook page/profile called Dan Tim Poulin was created and notified users of the social websites site that they have won a substantial lottery prize. The name being used is that of former Maine Lottery Director Dan Gwadosky and current Deputy Director Tim Poulin. However, officials maintain that the Facebook account is fake.
Players should be reminded that any official read more state lottery will never require them to send money, provide credit card information or banking information to claim a prize. Often, these scams are perpetrated from outside the United States including hackers that originate from Africa and Asia.
Lottery players and users who have received most of these solicitations are encouraged to contact Maine State Lottery at (207) 287-3721 or by email at MaineLottery@Maine.gov.
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