Ohio Attorney General, Mike DeWine is warning Ohioans to beware of potential lottery and prize scammers.
Already five people in Muskingum County alone have fallen victim to this scam. DeWine talked to us about how it works.
“You get a phone call and they say you’ve won the lottery, and they use a name that sounds familiar, ‘Powerball’ or something, and of course the deal is you have won all this money, millions of dollars, but you have to send them some money first, and that’s the big tip-off, lotteries don’t operate that way,” he said.
DeWine said lottery and sweepstakes scams are difficult to catch. He warned consumers to be skeptical, and to never wire money or give out personal information.
“If you get a call, whether you fall for it or not, we would like for you to call the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, because we want to keep track of what’s going on, we want to be able to go on TV and warn people about scams and the only way we know about scams is if someone calls us,” he said.
You can also report a scam at OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov. DeWine said some Ohio victims have lost more than $200,000.