If you get a phone call, letter or email telling you that you’ve won some money from the big Powerball jackpot, don’t get excited. It’s a scam.
Lottery winners will be announced on television, in the newspaper and online.
The Better Business Bureau expects to see scammers take advantage of the buzz surrounding the game and persuade people they are “secondary winners of smaller prizes,” according to a news release.
Targets of scams are often asked to pay some type of fee or tax upfront before claiming their supposed prize, according to the BBB. In another scam, targets are sent a check to cover the taxes, instructed to deposit the money and then send it to a third party by wire transfer or prepaid debit card. Then the check bounces and the money is gone, according to the BBB.