Beware Of Lottery Scams
The only lottery that is legally authorized to
operate in Iowa is the Iowa Lottery.
If you receive suspicious materials, telephone calls or e-mails or if you
are ever in doubt about information that supposedly came from a legitimate lottery,
call the Iowa Lottery and ask for our Security Department. Listed below are
other tips to keep you safe from lottery scams.
- Never accept a collect telephone call from
someone claiming to be a lottery official!
Legitimate lotteries do not call collect.
- Never believe a letter, phone call or Internet
message from someone who claims they can guarantee
you a prize! Legitimate lotteries do not guarantee
that you will win a prize and do not require
people to join prize pools to play.
- Never purchase tickets from foreign lotteries by
phone, mail or the Internet. The sale and
trafficking in foreign lottery tickets is a
violation of federal criminal law.
- Never agree to help a stranger cash a lottery
ticket. If you do, more than likely you will
become the victim of a "pidgeon drop" scam. If you
are approached by a stranger asking for help
cashing a ticket, contact Lottery Security and
your local law enforcement immediately.
- Unless you specifically entered an Iowa Lottery
promotion, you will never be contacted by us
informing you that you have won any prize.
- Keep your credit card and bank account numbers
to yourself. Scam artists will often ask for them
with the goal of accessing your accounts and
stealing your money!
- Never pay processing fees, insurance or
commissions to claim a lottery prize. Legitimate
lotteries do not require winners to pay anything
up front to receive a prize.