Lotto Scam Hits the Basin

by Victor Lopez
NewsWest 9

PERMIAN BASIN - If you've ever played a lottery scratch off, you know that they're hit or miss.

But, if you get a free card attached to a letter in the mail, don't start scratching right away.

The letter is the scammer's way of thanking you for playing before, and to get you to try a new version of the same game.

Seems simple enough, just match three dollar amounts, call and claim your prize.

You can even call and order more scratch offs.

According to Trish Powell with the Better Business Bureau, from what they've been able to verify so far, there's nothing legit, about this game.

Not even the addresses or the company names.

One of those companies has a foreign address, something that should be a red flag, that this is just a scam.

"It's illegal for U.S. citizens to participate in foreign lotteries. In this particular instance, one of the addresses involved is a Canadian address.  People just need to be on the lookout.  If something sounds too good to be true or you know you haven't participated in something, then the chances that you are a legitimate winner are slim," Powell said.

If you get one of these letters, just get rid of it.

Don't call any of the numbers and dont give anyone any personal information for any reason.

The Better Business Bureau says, if you want to report that you received one of these cards and letters, or you receive a similar type of offer, you can call the Better Business Bureau.