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Lottery Scam

Consumers should watch out for foreign lottery scams, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and officials from the Kansas Lottery warned.  The Attorney General’s Office and the Lottery have received an increasing number of complaints regarding foreign lotteries in the past few days, and Kansans should be aware that these are scams.  Most frequently, scammers will contact a consumer, saying he or she has won a large sum of money in a lottery in a foreign country, and the winner only needs to send a small amount of money to pay the taxes and process the prize. The scammer may ask the consumer for a bank account number to deposit the funds, but in reality they are obtaining this information in order to make unauthorized withdrawals.  Any consumer who has been a victim of a foreign lottery or sweepstakes scam should contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-432-2310 or www.ksag.org.