Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - The New York State Gaming Commission says a new round of Lottery scams is making the rounds.
The commission is urging people to be aware of fake lottery prizes. The scammers send the would-be target a letter indicating that they have won the lottery.
When the person calls a representative on the phone, they ask for personal information and for a processing fee. Once the processing fee is paid, the scammers take the money and the victim never sees any of the promised prize.
In another scam, the victim receives a check in the mail. A letter indicates that the check represents a portion of their winnings, but a portion of it needs to be returned before the prize can be collected.
Once the money is in the mail, the check bounces and victim loses.
Anyone who believes they've been the victim of a similar scam should contact the New York Lottery’s Security Unit at (518) 388-3416 or the Attorney General’s office at 1-800-771-7755.
More information is also available at the Attorney General’s website