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How to Avoid a Lottery Scam
Michael Pilgrim
Michael Pilgrim is the Customer Relations Director of Overseas Subscribers Agents, as well as Editor in Chief of the OSA Newsletter.   
By Michael Pilgrim
Published on February 9, 2008
Beware of Deceptive Lottery Offers!

Overseas Subscribers Agents (OSA), in common with other legitimate agents for overseas government lotteries, are deeply concerned by the proliferation of lottery scams being offered through direct mail and email around the world. Not only do the opportunists who operate these scams deceive thousands of people and steal money from them under false pretenses, but they tarnish the integrity of the entire lottery industry.

Beware of Deceptive Lottery Offers!


1. Read the offer carefully. Most lottery scams have the same basic message: You have won a prize in a Lottery and must now send money to claim your winnings. You can identify these scams as follows: 

-  They claim you were “selected through a computer ballot system” 
- They usually mention a “claim agent,” “processing fees,” “insurance” or “bank fees” 
- You're requested to “keep your winnings confidential until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your account” 
- You're warned that “any breach of confidentiality on your part will result in disqualification.”
- You're told that “the funds will be sent to you by a courier or security service” and that you have to pay the courier service for delivery and/or storage.

Please bear in mind this one simple fact: you can't possibly have won a prize in a lottery you never ever entered in the first place. (As the old saying goes : if you receive an offer in the mail which sounds too good to be true, then it probably is!). So please do the following:

2. Never send money to claim a prize in a Lottery you haven't entered. When you win a large Prize in a Lottery which you've legitimately entered through OSA, you'll be called and asked only how and where you want your full cash winnings to be sent. The actual prize remittance to the bank of your choice is a FREE SERVICE offered by OSA. You will never be asked by OSA to send money in the form of “processing fees” or “taxes” to claim your prize.

3. If you have any doubt at all about the legitimacy of a lottery prize “win” you're mailed or emailed about, contact our 24/7 Online Help Desk at http://osalotteries.com/helpdesk. You may also fax a copy of the questionable mail piece to (+3120) 638 3429. An OSA Representative will be very glad to assist you.

Please be vigilant. These lottery “scams” are cleverly and convincingly written, but deceptive and completely fraudulent. Thousands of people have lost money paying “commissions” and “charges” to receive cash prizes they've been told (falsely) they've won. The opportunists behind these scams are stealing large amounts of money from gullible people and they tarnish the integrity of legitimate marketers of Government Lotteries.

OSA has been entering players into overseas Government Lotteries and Draws, and sending them their winnings, since 1988. Over 155,000 players have taken advantage of this service. We hope you too will avoid the misleading “Lottery Win” scams and continue to play for a genuine chance to win in the Government and State Lotto offers you receive from OSA in the future.