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December 19, 2015
For years, scammers have been preying on unknowing people by telling them they have won a giant jackpot prize and for a few hundred dollars or banking information, the prize could be yours.

The holidays offer scammers a ripe opportunity with their false offers of millions in prize money and the Oregon Lottery would like everyone to think of this if they encounter one of these scams: “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

“If you do not have a ticket for the game in question, there is no way that you can be a winner of that game,” said Oregon Lottery Director Jack Roberts. “A current scam on Instagram is telling people they have won $1 million. All the person needs to do to gain access to the prize is pay $199 for fees. The person will not only never see the $1 million, they will lose the $199.”

Perhaps you are one of the many people who have received a letter or email notifying you that you’ve won a large lottery prize. If so, here are some resources for you to use to help protect yourself from scams:

Oregon Department of Justice Consumer Protection. You can also join DOJ’s Oregon Scam Alert Network at this site:

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