Attempts to deceive people, especially Internet users, into believing that they have won a lottery prize are now commonplace. Scammers are looking for sensitive personal information such as a your name, address, phone number, date of birth, Social Security number, bank or credit card account number and ultimately - your money in the effort to defraud you.
If you receive a check with directions to cash and return a portion of the cash, do not respond. The check is not valid and will be returned for insufficient funds. No legitimate lottery will ever send you this type of communication.
Do not be fooled into providing personal information to scammers. Scammers often provide Internet-based claim forms or request personal information over the phone, such as credit card or bank account information.
If you are requested to pay a fee before winnings can be released to you, this is a fraud. Never send money. A legitimate lottery will never require you to pay money for advanced fees to cover expenses associate with the delivery of "winning prizes."
Never redeem a Lottery ticket for someone you do not know. Never pay cash to someone offering to sell a "winning ticket."
Never accept a collect phone call from someone claiming to be a Lottery official.
Only purchase Georgia Lottery tickets from one of over 7,800 official Georgia Lottery retailers located in the state of Georgia.