TRENTON, NJ  – New Jersey Lottery officials issued an alert Monday after recent reports of alleged lottery scams cropping up over the past weeks in social media posts. The agency cautioned players to beware of any social media postings, emails or telephone calls from anyone promising lottery winnings, asking for money or offering to share money from lottery prizes won.

Lottery scams are nothing new said the agency. Unscrupulous individuals often "masquerade as Lottery officials or previous winners of large lottery jackpots wanting to give away substantial sums of money, or they falsely claim that the person contacted is the winner of a big lottery jackpot." 

In these recent cases, the person is asked to provide personal and financial information and/or pay a fee to cover processing costs to receive a “financial gift” or prize.

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The agency reminded players that a prizewinner should never provide any personal or financial information over the phone or social media. The New Jersey Lottery never requires winners to pay a fee to obtain the prize. Cash prizes are awarded to players once an authentic, validated, winning New Jersey Lottery ticket is presented for claim.

The New Jersey Lottery provided some simple tips for players, retailers and the general public to protect themselves against scams. They reminded participants to never provide your credit card number, personal banking information, passwords, transfer funds or cash, money orders or checks to anyone promising lottery winnings. Players also should only buy lottery tickets from one of the more than 7,000 authorized New Jersey Lottery retailers throughout the State.

Residents who doubt any calls or notifications are encouraged to call the New Jersey Lottery Security Office at (609) 599-6100 for verification.

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