WHAT IS A LOTTERY SCAM?
You get a phone call, SMS or message from a "friend" online saying you’ve won a prize in a lucky draw. The prize could be a car, condo overseas or cash. To claim the prize, you must share confidential information such as account login credentials or OTPs, or even pay administrative fees or taxes.
Alternatively, you could receive a call to take part in a survey that gives you entry to a lucky draw. You "win" the draw and are asked to share personal and confidential information, or asked to pay an admin. fee to claim the prize.
Look out for these scam signs
Look out for unexpected emails from unfamiliar entities claiming you have won a prize.
If the email or text message states you need to pay a small "admin. fee" to unlock your prize, it's a sure sign of a scam.
Be especially wary if told that you have been randomly selected to win.
How to stay safe
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