International Lottery Risks

International lottery is a term that describes the many different lotteries that are played around the world. These lotteries include both state-run and privately run games. While the odds of winning are very slim, many people have won big prizes through these lotteries. The majority of these lotteries are conducted via the internet and telephone. Some of the bigger international lotteries are regulated by governments, while others are not. While it is always tempting to try and win a large prize through an international lottery, it is important to understand the risks involved.

It is illegal in the United States for any person or entity to solicit through mail or telephone the purchase of tickets or participation in a foreign lottery. These “lotteries” are almost always scams, and can cost consumers a great deal of money. Additionally, these “lotteries” can also lead to identity theft, as scammers use the information provided by recipients to clean out their bank accounts or to make unauthorized withdrawals or charges on their credit cards.

It is recommended that consumers ignore any lottery or sweepstakes solicitation received through the mail, by phone, or on social media. Never send money to a lottery promotion that is not conducted by your local state or federal government. If you think that you may have received a fraudulent lottery offer, contact your local postmaster and your State Attorney General.