Spot scams and protect yourself
If you ever get an email claiming that you’ve won an unexpected prize and need to pay some initial amount, just stop right there! It could be a lottery scam. Especially when you’ve won something you never participated in.
How these scams operate?
You will receive a notification that you’ve won a jackpot in a competition, sweepstake or lottery that you don’t remember entering. The scammers may contact you with an email, text, call or even social media. The prize is not always cash, it could be anything including a smartphone, TV, watch, camera, a trip abroad, or anything that people might be excited to win. The scammers will ask you to pay initial fees to claim your prize. These fees could be taxes, insurance costs, courier charges, etc. This fee is their main source of money.
Scammers continually practice and rehearse tricking people into paying them money. The scammer will almost always pressure you to respond quickly or risk missing out on the prize. This pressure deprive