Gambling, lotteries, raffles
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Consumers are often contacted by “lottery hustlers” by phone, mail or email, who tell them they've won an international lottery drawing. These lottery solicitations violate U.S. law and are almost always scams. The con artist may ask for a check up front to cover tax obligations, or for bank account information to “deposit winnings.” In addition, some lottery hustlers send official-looking bank or cashier's checks to victims, asking them to cash the check and send back a portion for taxes. The original check then bounces, and the victim has lost money. Each year Americans lose millions to these scams, which may claim to be Canadian, U.K., Spanish or other international lotteries.
A foreign lottery is one gamble you don't want any part of.