It is highly unlikely that you will be one of the millions who won the lottery, it is because you bought the ticket and entered the draw. You won’t win the lottery if you don’t enter it. However, scammers scam people out of their hard-earned money by telling them they have won the lottery in a faraway country.
When lotteries were first instituted a few years ago in many states, legislatures had to weigh the options and vote on whether to allow lotteries or not. There are arguments against lotteries including that they will target the poor who can’t afford to spend money on long-term betting. There are arguments for lotteries that include putting money into the state budget, perhaps often for education. The lottery is becoming the norm in many states.
Although some people never buy lottery tickets, others buy them faithfully every week with hopes and dreams of winning millions. Indeed, millionaires have been made by winning the lottery. There are some sad stories of winners who lost all their money, but there are also success stories of people who used the money for themselves, their families, friends and charities.
Among the scams that are perpetrated via email are claims that someone has won a lottery that they never entered. Of course, they say that the person has won, so it’s just a matter of verifying financial information to transfer millions of dollars into their bank account. Ignore the message that says: Congratulations, you won the lottery.
It seems highly unlikely to most people that such a thing would happen, which it is. Red flags will soon be raised to show that this is a case of criminals trying to scam someone out of their money. It should be removed and avoided by anyone receiving it. However, the odds are slim and the chances of this being legitimate lure some people into falling for the scam.
If the potential victim is in the United States and replies to the email by calling the phone number provided, then they are connected to a number in another country. They were told they would need verification that it was indeed the winner who called so they were asked for their social security number and other information. They may be asked to provide bank information, perhaps so that the money can be transferred directly to their account. Instead of putting money in, the scammers will take the money.
There are many dishonest people in the world who prey on the vulnerable. Don’t be one of their victims. Avoid anything that sounds and looks like a scam. They can also be reported to the authorities so that they may be arrested and prosecuted. They hurt innocent people.
During World War II when Japanese Americans and immigrants from Japan were moved from their west coast homes and imprisoned in camps in remote and remote areas of the United States, there were no lotteries. However, there are winners and losers. Japanese Americans have lost their fight for freedom and are unjustly imprisoned for no reason other than their ethnic heritage. It was a very difficult period of time, but they persevered in the midst of adversity so they went on to become winners.