Lottery officials are warning Oklahomans of a scam seeking to trick people into believing they've won a lump sum of money. The scam is primarily focused around the Mega Millions game.
“The lottery security department has observed an increased number of calls from people inquiring if they have actually won a prize or if the call is indeed a scam,” Rollo Redburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Lottery, stated in a news release.
Most of the phone calls are coming from the area code 876. The caller says the person answering the phone has won a large sum of money and/or additional prizes such as a car or a trip. The person is asked to pay taxes on the prize in up-front payments.
“The information in the phone call is not associated with the Oklahoma Lottery,” Redburn said. “The lottery will never ask you to send an up-front payment in order to claim a prize.”
Anyone who receives a call that could be a potential scam is asked to contact the attorney general's office at 521-3921 or the Federal Trade Commission at (877) 382-4357.