Attorney General: Kentuckians lost $320,000 in 2017 to scams

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT)- Attorney General: Kentuckians lost $320,000 in 2017 to lottery scams

With Kentuckians heading to pick up their tickets for tonights $450 million Mega Millions Jackpot drawing, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is issuing warnings on how to avoid being scammed.

In a release, Beshear's office says Kentuckians lost more than $320,000 by being scammed through fake lotteries and fake sweepstakes in 2017. He says one Mercer County resident lost more than $36,000 from one scam.

Beshear says when evaluating a possible scam, never pay up front to receive a prize and never provide financial information. He also says never wire money from one account to another and also if a number calls you from outside the country offering a prize, it is most likely to be fake.

“Every day, criminals use fake lotteries and sweepstakes to steal from Kentucky families,” said Beshear. “As lottery jackpots grow, so do the number of lottery scams. Kentuckians can avoid falling victim by knowing these calls or mailings are scams.”

Beshear says anyone that thinks they are being scammed or wanting to report a possible scammer should contact his office at 888-432-9257.

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