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Lottery Scratch Card Winner

How The Scam Works:

(with video below) As you probably know, most grocery stores have a bunch of free magazine stands at their exit doors. One day, you find some lottery scratch cards on those stands. You pick one, scratch it and bam! The 3 numbers (or 5) in a row match! You are a winner and are required to call a phone number provided. What you don't know is that the number is a premium line. How does the scam work?

Watch the video below to see in action how this sneaky premium line works:

How Premium Rate Numbers Work Video

You call, wait on the line for a bit, and are then asked to provide a confirmation number found on your winning card. You punch that in and wait for the long congratulatory message, validating you that you are a winner. Then you will be required to give some personal information.

The length of the whole call is over 4 minutes and you will be charged a fortune because this is a hotline. Also, your personal information will be sold to telemarketers.

 

How To Avoid The Scratch Card Winner Scam:

Firstly, there’s no such thing as a free lottery card. Secondly, never trust lottery scratch cards that ask you to call a number. Especially if it starts with 1-888 or something like this.

 

How To Report The Scratch Card Winner Scam:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers (phone number) to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report Scammers To The FTC Here

 

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