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I received an offer for a lottery in another country. Can I respond and be a part of it?

It is illegal for U.S. citizens to take part in international lotteries! Some companies in Canada and other places in the world (as far away as Europe and Australia) have tried selling lottery tickets to Americans, either by phone or in the mail. If you receive such an offer from another country, refuse to take part. These companies will often keep "winnings" for themselves, will place additional charges on your credit cards, and will sell your name to other companies of this type.

If you receive this type of an offer, call the Missouri Attorney General's hotline (1-800-392-8222) and report it. You can also report the incident to the National Fraud Information Center (1-800-876-7060). Finally, if the offer involved something you received in the mail, contact your local postmaster.






Brenda Procter, M.S., State Specialist & Instructor
Personal Financial Planning, University of Missouri-Extension

Last update: Sunday, April 23, 2006












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