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Beware of Facebook lottery scams

Beware of Facebook lottery scams
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What would you do if you won the lottery? Well, if you enter to win the lottery on Facebook, it could mean scammers struck gold while you're left with an empty bank account.

The latest Facebook scam is targeting Powerball and Mega Millions players. Spread all over Facebook, these scam posts have glitzy graphics of oversized checks with "your name" on them. They claim that Powerball and Mega Millions are "giving away a free $1 million jackpot online instantly." But that's not the case, so please don't fall for it.

Keep in mind that playing Powerball or Mega Millions requires a trip to the store, where you will need to buy a physical ticket. If you won a lottery without purchasing a ticket, something is up. After all, none of these companies does business online, and they never know who the winner is until they come forward.

As always, be vigilant when dealing with potential scams. Be sure to look for misspellings. In this case, Powerball has been misspelled as "powerbool" and "pawerball."

Remember to never pay any processing fees, never buy tickets online or by phone, never believe a letter that has been sent to you, never accept phone calls from someone claiming to be a lottery official and keep in mind that the lottery will never guarantee a prize or certain winnings.

For more ways to easily spot a scam, click here. These tips and tricks can help you know what to look for and how to tell the difference between real and fake.

Additional sources: Iowa Lottery

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