December 6, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster today cautioned Missourians to be on the alert for a scam in which consumers receive a letter informing them they have won the United Kingdom Mega Lottery.
The Missouri Lottery’s Executive Director, May Scheve Reardon, and St. Ann Mayor Mike Corcoran both contacted Koster’s office receiving letters from the LondonGreen Investment Group in the United Kingdom informing them they had won the Mega Jackpot of $150,000.
"No matter how official these solicitations look or sound, they’re not real," Koster said. "Consumers should not be fooled by realistic-looking checks or promises of money. These are just scams, designed to take your money instead."
Koster said in this specific scam, recipients were told to call a number for further information about receiving their "jackpot." They were told to keep their "winning" confidential until they called. He said the phone call was likely designed to obtain the recipients’ confidential bank information. Koster reminds consumers never to give their personal information to someone they don’t know.
"Invitations to play don’t come from governments that operate legitimate lotteries or anyone connected to them," Reardon said. "In addition, it’s illegal to use the mail or telephone to play lotteries across both national and state borders," she added.
"Just remember – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is," Koster said. "If you have received a foreign lottery solicitation letter, please submit a complaint online at www.ago.mo.gov or file a complaint with my Consumer Hotline at 1-800-392-8222."