New Yorkers are advised to be aware of an increase in lottery scams. In order to protect consumers, the CPB and Lottery have teamed up to produce audio and video public service announcements (PSAs) in English and Spanish.
The PSAs, featuring Lottery personality Yolanda Vega, provide the following safety tips for consumers:
* Don’t respond to an e-mail or advertisement seeking personal information like bank account or Social Security numbers.
* Never pay any upfront fee to claim lottery winnings.
* Disregard lottery prize notifications sent by bulk mail, even if it’s addressed to you. They’re fake.
* Don’t enter international lotteries from within the US. It is against federal law.
* Ignore notices claiming you won a prize for a lottery for which you haven’t bought or been given a ticket.
The links are available on the CPB's home page at www.nysconsumer.gov - or specific links to both English and Spanish versions follow for your convenience.
Audio Links: http://www.nysconsumer.gov/audio/cpb_english_lottery.mp3 <http://www.nysconsumer.gov/audio/cpb_english_lottery.mp3>
To learn more about how New Yorkers can take steps to prevent and mitigate identity theft and possibly receive restitution for identity theft-related loses, log on to the New York State Consumer Protection Board’s (CPB) website at www.nysconsumer.gov. The CPB is the State's top consumer watchdog and "think tank" and the enforcement agency for the Do Not Call law. The CPB’s toll-free Consumer Assistance Hotline (1-800-697-1220) connects consumers with an Agency Consumer Advisor who can provide direct assistance. The CPB’s Consumer Advisors provide direct assistance to more than 4,500 consumers each month saving them more than $1.3 million annually in the form of refunds, rebates, credit, and avoided costs. In addition to the online complaint form, the CPB website is home to important consumer safety information and resources on a variety of issues, including preventing and dealing with identity theft and tips on how to respond when your personal information is compromised.