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Lottery scams are a very common issue, and it is not unusual for scammers to target consumers under the guise of being a lottery institution or a representative of one. Read on for some more information about lottery scams, how to spot them and how to avoid them.
You cannot win prizes from Lotto India if you have not entered a draw. Any correspondence saying otherwise is a case of lottery fraud.
If you have played Lotto India and believe you may have won a prize, you can check your numbers to verify your winnings.
In order to be sure you aren't being scammed by a fraudster pretending to be a representative of Lotto India, remember these key rules:
As sophisticated as some lottery scams can be, it's not too hard to spot one when you know what to look for. Here are some questions to ask yourself, based on the common characteristics of lottery scams:
Scams come in many shapes and sizes, but they are all designed with the goal of fraudulently obtaining your money and personal information. Here are some examples of the kind of lottery scams you might come across.
You might receive an email from somebody claiming to be an agent of Lotto India, with a message asking you to follow a link to a website, provide personal information, or pay a fee to receive prize money. They may provide seemingly-official pieces of information to appear legitimate - such as reference numbers or job titles -, and they will make it clear that you have to act quickly and in secrecy to claim your prize. Some emails may contain links to malicious websites which are designed to gather your personal information - these are known as 'phishing' emails.
Do not click on a link from an email like this unless you are expecting an email from Lotto India and you are absolutely sure the email is legitimate. An email may be fraudulent if:
Winner, instead of by your name;
Any official emails from Lotto India will be sent from an email address that ends with @lotto-india.com or @jackpot.com. Lotto India does not send emails from free webmail addresses such as gmail.com or yahoo.com.
You might receive a text or phone call claiming you have won a prize from Lotto India, as a result of your phone number being drawn at random. Lotto India does not run competitions of this kind; you can only be eligible for a Lotto India prize if you have bought a ticket.
Lotto India will never ask for your personal information via text and you will only ever receive a telephone call from Lotto India if you have won the jackpot. Look out for the following signs to determine if you're being targeted by a phone scam:
If you have played Lotto India and receive a phone call informing you that you've won the jackpot, only proceed if you are 100% sure that the call is legitimate. If you have any doubts about the veracity of the call, put the phone down and get in touch with our customer support team via the details on our contact page. If you do win the Lotto India jackpot, you will not lose out on the prize money by ending the conversation and getting back in touch with us.
Lotto India has various social media accounts to share lottery news and events with fans around the world. However, Lotto India will never use these accounts to notify you of a lottery win. Scammers may create false social media accounts using Lotto India branding to attempt to harvest your personal information by falsely notifying you that you've won a prize.
Lotto India will never ask for personal information, such as passwords or bank details, over social media. If you suspect you have received a scam message through social media, do not respond. A message on social media may be illegitimate if:
You might receive a letter in the post, telling you you've won a Lotto India prize and requesting personal information, or an up-front
deposit or fee to release the money. Lotto India will never notify you of a lottery win through the post, nor will Lotto India ever require payment to release prize money.
A letter may be illegitimate if:
Lottery scam artists are always upgrading the ways in which they operate - and new scams can therefore appear all the time. The best course of action is to remain vigilant, and remember: if you haven't played Lotto India, any message or notification that you have won a prize is a scam.
If you suspect that you have received fraudulent messages from scammers pretending to be Lotto India - be it by phone, email, letter or social media - take the following precautionary steps:
You may wish to contact Lotto India directly regarding a message you have received, to verify it or alert us to it. You can do so through our Contact page. If you think you have legitimately won a Lotto India prize, go to the How To Claim page for information on how to proceed.