International lottery is a type of gambling where players buy tickets for the chance to win money. This gambling is popular all over the world and can be played online and in stores.
The global lottery market is expected to grow significantly during the forecast period. The increasing demand for online lottery games among people, the emergence of innovative technologies and the high levels of consumer disposable income are some of the major factors that are boosting the growth of the market.
Foreign Lottery Scams
Thousands of Americans each year lose millions of dollars to lottery and sweepstakes scams originating in other countries. These scams are illegal under federal law, as they violate the ban on cross-border sales of lottery tickets.
Scams often begin with the victim receiving a letter or telephone call from someone claiming to be from a foreign lottery. The letter may state that the person has won a large sum of money or a vacation in a foreign country.
Sometimes the letter asks for an advance fee or bank account information to claim the prize. These requests are a red flag that the lottery is not legitimate and should be avoided.
The majority of international lottery solicitations are bogus. They are often mailed to unsuspecting consumers who are unaware that these solicitations violate United States laws prohibiting the sale of lottery tickets by mail or by phone. If you receive a suspicious solicitation containing lottery material, it is your responsibility to return it immediately and to report the matter to the FTC.