How to recognize a EuroMillions lottery scam
- It is not possible to win a prize at EuroMillions, at a raffle, a lottery or competition in which you have not participated.
- To win a prize at EuroMillions, you MUST have purchased a ticket for the correct draw date and your number selection MUST match the balls required to win the corresponding prize.
- EuroMillions does NOT offer any prizes selected on the basis of a cell phone number, randomly selected or on email addresses for games these people have NOT signed up for.
- EuroMillions will not contact you directly if you win a prize. It is up to you to claim the prize and provide a winning ticket for the lottery in question.
- EuroMillions will not ask you to pay any form of "fee" in order to receive your prize..
- EuroMillions will not require you to pay any form of advance "tax" in order to receive your prize..
Clues to spot a scam
All of the points listed below are generally a good indication that the winning notice you have received is a scam.:
- The email was sent from a free webmail address (for example @ hotmail.com, @ outlook.com or @ yahoo.com) or an unassociated address that could have been compromised.
- The letter or email is not addressed to you personally but begins with something vague like "Dear winner".
- Fraudulent letters are often of poor quality, on photocopied paper (although some include a genuine business address in an attempt to confer some legitimacy. The use of these addresses is not allowed and the fraudsters hope that the "victim" will contact by e-mail or telephone rather than by mail).
- There is often a strict time limit to claim your "prize". The aim is to put pressure on the potential victim and dissuade them from seeking advice or investigating it..
- There is often a confidentiality clause required as a "condition of gain". Once again, this is to dissuade the recipient from seeking the advice of friends or family who might be more familiar with this type of scam.
- Bad spelling, grammar and syntax are generally a good indication that the letter or e-mail is fraudulent.