The BBB of NJ is issuing an alert that the offerings by National Lottery in Phillipsburg, NJ is a scam.
National Lottery is using the address of a legitimate business in New Jersey. The business has notified the BBB that it is not affiliated with National Lottery and the checks written on its Phillipsburg address are counterfeit. The telephone numbers provided to contact the lottery agents show the area code of 289, which is for Ontario, Canada. Any company that falsely represents its location does not deserve the public’s trust.
According to the complaints on file with the BBB, National Lottery agent contact consumers with congratulary letters about prize winnings and request money in order to process the winnings. Scammers claim this requested money is for 'government taxes', 'shipping & handling', 'insurance', or 'transfer fee to collect the winnings'. BBB recommends never sending payment via wire transfer or MoneyPak to any unknown company or individual as those funds cannot be recovered. If one deposits a bogus check or money order in the bank account, the person is responsible for any money spent or sent to anyone else. The simple rule is - if you haven’t entered a lottery then you can’t have won a prize. Note also that one cannot win a prize in a lottery that doesn’t exist. No winners have ever received any money from the company.
Consumers who have responded to lottery scams may begin receiving other bogus offers as their information may be sold to scam artists. The BBB of New Jersey advises consumers not to give out any private information such as social security numbers, credit card numbers, or bank account information to persons whom they do not know.
To report the check fraud, contact the following agencies:
the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov ;the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at http://postalinspectors.uspis.gov.;
if the telephone number originates in Canada, contact The Canadian Anti- Fraud Centre https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca , 1-888-495-8501, fax: 1-888-654-9426, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.