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Scammers play off Lottery phone calls
A scam? Not necessarily.
Lottery officials admitted last week — contrary to their statements earlier in the week — that the Lottery does in fact telephone the winners of some lottery games.
McCann said the Lottery runs five to 10 second-chance games a year. Anyone who spends more than $5 when purchasing a lottery ticket is given an entry blank, which asks for their name, address and telephone number.
• Lottery officials call a second-chance game winner, ask for the person named in the entry form, and asks the person if she played the second-chance game. If she confirms doing so, the Lottery caller tells her she’s won. The winner either has to come to Lottery headquarters or send in a photocopy of a picture ID, her Social Security number and tax forms.
• A scammer gives his mark a telephone number and tells him to call it to claim a prize. That call is answered by a cloned New Hampshire Lottery phone recording. A scammer tells the caller he has won a significant prize, such as a second-place $5 million prize, and it will be delivered the following day. Instructions then follow about how to deposit tax payments to a bogus Bank of America account.
The Lottery lists the winners of all its lottery games on the New Hampshire Lottery website.
Boffetti acknowledged those names are good prospects for a scam.
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