OKLA. CITY - Linda Berry says someone scammed her out of nearly $170.
Someone contacted her pretending to work for Facebook.
They told her she was one of 20 big winners through a Facebook lottery and send her pictures supposedly of other winners holding giant checks.
The In Your Corner bottom line: A legit lottery or sweepstakes will never email or call you out of the blue about a prize!
Oklahoma Lottery Commission Executive Director, Rollo Redburn, said, “When you buy a lottery ticket, we may know there's a winner, but we don’t know who it is.” “We won't be calling you to say come in and cash your Powerball ticket because we don't know who the winner is.”
Linda wired the cash to North Carolina to someone going by the name Michael Jon Shepard.
The money was supposedly covering fees and taxes.
Redburn says the Oklahoma Lottery will never demand payment for a prize.
“If people win a prize from the Oklahoma Lottery if we have to withhold taxes it comes out of their prize,” he said. “They don't have to pay anything.”
The scammer tried to fool Linda a second time, but she knew better.
“Don't get screwed like me,” she said. “I'm 64 years-old and i should know better.”
A lot of these criminals are overseas so it can be hard to catch and prosecute them.