The police in Johnson County, IN are warning residents of a lottery scam asking people to deposit a large check into a banking account.
The Johnson County police are warning residents that they have received complaints about letters from a supposed lottery affiliate. The letters are addressed from a company in the United Kingdom, the World International Consumers Sweepstakes. The letters claim that residents were entered by using a credit or debit card at companies such as Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Sears, Costco, Staples, Home Depot, Lowes, and Best Buy. The letter includes a check for $3,750 to be deposited into the victims account. Once it is deposited, the letter claims they will receive a $150,000 prize.
These letters are not from an affiliate of any lottery in either Indiana or the United Kingdom. No state or international lotteries will enter anyone into contests without their knowledge. State and International lotteries do not ask residents to claim any prizes through their bank. In order to claim a prize of any amount, you must go to a lottery retailer or the nearest lottery office. Anything claiming you can receive a prize in any other way is not affiliated with any lotteries.
Johnson County police are urging anyone who receives a similar letter call the Sheriff’s Department at 317-736-9155.
Remember to play safe when playing the lottery or any form of gambling. If you suspect anything of being a scam, contact your local lottery for more information on current scams, and to make sure you do not put yourself or your money at risk.