Florida Lottery Warns of a New Scam

Lottery officials say a company using the name "LOTTO CLAIMS ASSOCIATE & SWEEPSTAKE INC" is sending letters to the public in an effort to obtain personal and financial information.

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    The Florida Lottery is warning citizens of a new scam.

    Lottery officials say a company using the name "LOTTO CLAIMS ASSOCIATE & SWEEPSTAKE INC" is sending letters to the public in an effort to obtain personal and financial information.

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    The scam letter tells the recipient that his or her prize winnings are being held up due to a zip code error. The letter provides a phone number to call and also mentions that the winner will need to pay a processing fee, as well as insurance and a delivery fee, prior to collecting the winnings. A phony check is included with this letter as partial payment and to help cover costs and incidental expenses.

    The public should remember that in a legitimate lottery, a winner would never be asked to pay any type of upfront costs to collect a prize.

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