Avoid lottery scams this holiday season

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Lottery scams are big business and the crooks are trying to reach you by phone, email and even in person.

“They got me real good. I thought I was smarter than that,” said fraud victim, Edgar Wollam.

Wollam ran a popular restaurant for decades and had prepared for his retirement.  But thieves running a lottery sweepstakes scam called saying he won 3.5 million dollars.  All he had to do was pay the fees.

They lured him along, telling him he also won a Mercedes Benz. By the end of the scam, Wollam had handed over and lost $25,000, his entire savings.

Once the scammers get money from you, you’re name gets passed around to other crooks and you remain a target.

Some simple advice, if you don’t know who’s calling, don’t pick up. And no legitimate lottery will ever ask for money up front.

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