Tips to keep thieves away from your money.

Scams are all too common in this day and age. There are some that are very new and unexpected while there are still many that are so predictable. Here is one to keep an eye out for.


The elderly are the biggest targets for sweepstakes and lottery scams and are the most likely to fall victim to. Not only does this happen in the winter but any time of the year. The way these scams work are as follows:

You start to receive a number of emails and letters that notify you that “you’re a winner”. The first red flag is that they ask you to pay expenses or processing fees associated with sending your winnings. They ask this of you to prove who you are, all the while not knowing that providing your personal information is what these identity thieves are trying to get.

Scammers go after your money and identity 365 days a year! They don’t have a conscience and they don’t care who they hurt. The following are tips to know.

Here’s what you should know:

• If you didn’t send any prize form in to win, you didn’t win. Plain and Simple.
• If you really did win , you should never have to pay to receive your prize.
• If you receive a partial-payment such as a check for winning, it’s a scam.
• Foreign lotteries are not open to U.S. residents, therefore if you live in the U.S. you didn’t win.
• Never provide any kind of personal information such as a driver’s license, passport number, social security number and so on.