After receiving numerous questions and complaints from citizens concerning the legitimacy of lottery letters, Sheriff John Anderson is releasing three simple ways to spot a scam.
The sheriffs department itself received a scam letter from the Netherlands Aug. 14 that read Congratulations! You are our newest confirmed cash prize winner.
Heres what to watch out for:
First: No legitimate lottery will ask for fee advances much less personal information in order to claim the alleged prize.
Second: Scam Lotteries will heighten your desire to give information by telling you things such as "act now," "time is running out," and "don't miss the deadline."
Third: Participating in a foreign lottery through the mail, or over the phone, violates United States Federal law.
Anderson says an influx of lottery scams are once again cropping up in Madera County all targeting both English and Spanish speaking residents.
What can you do to protect yourself? If they attempt to reach you by phone, hang up. If you receive a letter like the one attached in the mail, dont respond. Tear it up, and toss it in the trash.