Editorial

Don't let big jackpot open doors for scammers

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

If youíre like most cell phone owners, youíre probably aware that a good percentage of the calls you receive are junk calls at best, outright scams at worst.

Tonightís record $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot presents an opportunity for crooks to steal money from hopeful, vulnerable people.

Itís actually not that difficult to spot a scam if someone reaches out to you by phone, email or social media. In short, the message is probably a scam.

Mega Millions offers some reminders:

ó If you think you are being scammed on the phone, hang up immediately.

ó If"winnings" are offered to be wired directly into a bank account, do not provide bank account information.

ó Never give out personal information, or send money unless the company's legitimacy is verified.

ó If told to keep a lottery "win" confidential, be suspicious.

ó Be suspicious if an email contains misspellings or bad grammar, or if the person on the phone uses poor English.

ó If someone claims you won a lottery you have never played, be suspicious. People can't win a legitimate lottery if a ticket isn't purchased.

Itís always fun to dream, but donít let a criminal take advantage of your mental adventures.

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