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“They are bad news,” Lottery officials warning about scam targeting Oklahomans

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OKLAHOMA CITY – As the Powerball jackpot continues to grow, the Oklahoma Lottery Commission is warning residents about a new wave of scam letters.

The letters usually appear to be from the Multi-State Lottery Association or one of the US Lotteries.

The letter will tell the recipient they have won a large prize, and include a check as a partial payment.

There will also be a phone number to contact someone outside of the United States and instructions on how to claim the remainder of the prize.

When the recipient calls, they are told to deposit the initial check and then wire transfer a smaller amount back to the sender as a fee.

The check deposited by the recipient then bounces, but the wire transfer usually goes through successfully.

“The information in these letters is not associated with the Oklahoma Lottery,” said Rollo Redburn, Executive Director.  “The Lottery will never ask you to send an up-front payment in order to claim a prize. In addition, we don’t know the identity of winners until they come forward to claim their prize. Do not let these people get into your life or the lives of anyone you know. They are bad news and will not stop until they take all you have.”

If you find a potential scam, call the Attorney General’s Office at (405) 521-3921.

You can also verify the source of the letters by calling the lottery at (405) 522-7700.

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