PIERRE - The year may have changed but the line remains the same: “Congratulations! You just won a new car. All you have to do is send a $5,000 prize release fee to claim it!”
In response to recent reports of people receiving calls saying they won new vehicles or large cash prizes from special drawings, the South Dakota Lottery urges the public not to be taken in by the ruse.
The most common scams involve the individual being told they’ve already won or have a good chance of winning a prize and need only to pay money or provide personal information (like credit card or bank account numbers) to claim it.
Lottery executive director Norm Lingle reminds people that that’s not how the South Dakota Lottery conducts business.
Lingle says some scams even illegally use the names of real lotto games like Powerball or Mega Millions and the logos of legitimate lotteries to make the scam appear legitimate.
People should report suspected scams to the South Dakota Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit at 1-800-300-1986.
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