A fake Massachusetts State Lottery Facebook page is telling users they’ve won a prize and to call a specific number to claim it but it’s all a scam, the Lottery warns.
“This is FALSE,” the Lottery posted on Facebook. “Please DO NOT send any personal or sensitive information to this page.”
The false page is posting in the comments section of the actual Lottery’s Facebook posts. They then tell users that they have been selected as winners of a Facebook promotion and asks them to send a direct message or call a number to claim the prize.
One of the ways to tell the difference between the two pages is that the fake Facebook page is identified on Facebook as a “Financial Service.” The official Massachusetts State Lottery Facebook page is identified as a “Public & Government Service,” the Lottery said.
The Lottery’s website posted other warning sighs of lottery scams, including:
- The Lottery does not know who the winners are (except for Lottery season ticket subscribers) until they come forward with a winning ticket. As such, the Lottery does not notify YOU of a win, you notify US.
- The Lottery never requires the payment of any money in order to claim a prize.
- You should never send any money to pay a ‘processing fee’ or any another requested fee in order to claim a prize.
- Never deposit any check sent to you that is accompanied by a request that you send or wire money to cover processing or claiming fees. The check that you’ve received is fraudulent and will bounce.
- Never provide any personal or financial information to a scammer, especially Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, and credit card numbers.