OPP issue warning about lottery scams and prize fraud schemes
Lottery scams and prize fraud schemes now rank second highest in terms of the number of mass marketing fraud complaints. That’s from the OPP who also say they are fourth highest in terms of victim dollar losses. Many Canadians find themselves becoming scam victims thanks to the excitement of a surprise win or an ask to claim prizes from fake lotteries, sweepstakes or contests. In 2014, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) received 4,400 Canadian complaints of prize or lottery fraud. Of those, 652 people were victimized to the tune of more than $4.3-million. Police believe 95 per cent of victims never report the crime. If you have been approached to pay a fee to claim a lottery or other type of prize, contact your local police service or CrimeStoppers.