Lottery Check Scam

Another set of scam artists at work on another way to trick you out of your money. The Florida State attorney's office says beware.

Bonnie Jordan says a regular trip to the mailbox took an irregular turn when she opened a check for just under $2,000.

Bonnie says, "At first I though it was a legitimate check of some kind of refund. Well, I started reading the information that came with the check. It said that my share of winning in a lotto that was in Europe was $27,000."

Jordan's neighbor received one too. She had the bank check it out. They found the check was real, the company was real, even the account was real, but there was no money there. It was all a scam.

Bonnie says, "I knew right away that something was wrong."

Here's how the scam works. You'll get a letter in the mail claiming that you've won some type of lottery. Enclosed would be a real check made out to you, supposedly for taxes and expenses. In order to get the rest of your so-called winnings, you'll have to cash or deposit the check or call a number that will ask for your personal account information.

Robert L. "Skip" Jarvis, Jr., Assistant State Attorney for the Third Judicial Circuit says, "It's just a way of them getting you to respond to their inquiry. Once you deposit that check, they know who you are, they know they have a legitimate account, and they know where to start searching to get into it."

Jarvis says you should first consider if you've entered such a lottery, and never give out your banking, personal, or financial information to anyone you are unfamiliar with.

If you receive any notification of Lottery winnings or any type of check you may suspect is bogus, consider these tips.