Reporters Notebook: Powerball e-mails may be from con artists

Think you’ve won the Powerball lottery since you’ve received an e-mail to that effect? Not so, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association, which operates the Powerball lotto game.
These e-mails are sent by con artists who are trying to get personal information from you. Quite often they include the Powerball name, logo and links to a copy of an old Powerball Web page.
“One verson seeks a reply, another asks for $75 to process the Powerball prize, and a third includes a form asking for bank information and ‘next-of-kin’ information, which can turn up a mother’s maiden name in a percentage of cases,” the association said in a news release.
“We’ve said many times that people should never send any money or personal information by e-mail, the phone or any other means to anyone in an effort to collect promised ‘winnings’,” said Tom Shaheen, CEO of the New Mexico Lottery, in the news release.
Anyone receiving one of these fake e-mails is asked to call the New Mexico Lottery’s security division at 342-7650 and the New Mexico Attorney General’s consumer protection division at 800-678-1508.

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