Scammers are calling residents telling them they have won the lottery, and then ask them to send them bank account information or make a payment.
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
Virginia Lottery officials are warning residents about a recent scam. The scammers are calling residents, saying they've won the jackpot---but they're really after their money.
They may ask you to pay a fee or some taxes, or they'll claim to wire you the winnings and ask for your bank account information.
Several people have been recently getting these calls from a Jamaica area code.
Virginia lottery officials say if you get a call, you should be suspicious.
"Well the first thing to ask is, ‘did I buy a ticket for this?' But if somebody calls you saying you've won the lottery, right there you should be suspicious because most of the time, we don't call people. We don't even know who the winners are until they come forward most of the time,” said John Hagerty.
The Federal Trade Commission has more information on fake lottery and other scams at online. To file a complaint or get free information call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).
You can also contact the Attorney General's Office online or by calling (804) 786-2071.