The Michigan Lottery is warning people of scammers telling people they have won the lottery prize.
These scammers call people telling them they need to pay a fee before collecting the lottery prize.
The lottery prize scam surfaces ocassionally and has been known to pop up around the holidays.
The scam process happens like this: A person gets a letter, email or phone call to inform them that they’ve won a big lottery prize but must pay a fee to collect the prize. If the person agrees, the scam artist convinces them to mail a cashier’s check, make an electronic funds transfer, or even arranges a meeting to get the money in cash.
To check if a lottery prize, offer or promotion is legitimate, members of the public may contact the Lottery’s Public Relations Division at (517) 373-1237 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you believe you have been the victim of such a scam, please contact your local law enforcement agency.