EuroMillions Lottery Scams

Notification IconFirst and foremost - it is NOT possible to win a EuroMillions prize, raffle, sweepstake or competition that you have not entered.

Lottery scams are used to gain money or personal information from you by tricking you into believing you have won a large amount of money in a lottery or sweepstakes. They most commonly come in the form of letters, emails, or phone calls, but fraudsters are constantly devising new ways of delivering them.

Whichever method is used, the scams will claim that either you, your mobile number, or your email address has been 'randomly selected' to win a prize.

Some of them may send a communication informing you of a win from a made-up lottery that uses famous brand names in an attempt to make it sound more legitimate. An example of this is the Microsoft Lottery, which has been cited in some scams and is definitely not a real lottery.

The format of these scams may vary but the aim is always the same: to persuade you to pay a processing fee or taxes in order to claim your fictitious prize, or for you to provide personal information which may then be used for identity theft.

Some scammers also sell fake lottery tickets, usually over the phone. Victims are encouraged to pay for their entries up front, but the tickets never materialise. You should only ever buy lottery tickets from trusted websites or retailers, and never from unknown sources.

If your suspicions are raised by a phone call, letter, SMS message or email you have received, the following information will be useful.

How to Identify a EuroMillions Lottery Scam

Clues to Identify a Scam

All of the points listed below are usually a good indication that the winning notification you have received is a scam:

What to do if you have received a Scam

If you receive a letter or email which claims that you have won a EuroMillions prize, raffle, sweepstake or competition that you have not entered, it is strongly recommend that you:

Whilst law enforcement agencies worldwide are working hard to identify lottery scams and bring their perpetrators to justice, the best way to avoid becoming a victim is to remain vigilant.

Types of EuroMillions Scams

EuroMillions scams can turn the popular dream of winning a jackpot into a costly nightmare. Here are some of the most popular methods used by fraudsters.

The first point of contact is generally made using one of the following approaches:

Direct mail scam

Direct Mail

A letter is sent through the post informing the recipient that they have won a lottery prize and need to register their claim in order for their winnings to be processed.

Telehhone scam

Telephone

A 'lottery official' calls the potential victim to tell them about the 'good news' and, during the telephone call, will try to extract a payment and/or bank details under the pretence that a ‘processing fee’ or ‘tax’ needs to be paid.

Some scammers have taken to selling fake lottery tickets over the phone. They will ask for payment upfront, requiring the target to disclose their bank details, but the tickets are never sent as they do not exist.

Email scam

Email

This approach is similar to direct mail, except the potential victim receives an email informing them of their 'win'. Scam emails often look incredibly genuine and could even link back to fraudulent clones of official websites.

Social media scam

Social Media

Members of social networking sites like Facebook are sent a direct message stating that they have won a lottery or raffle game on a particular website. As with email scams, these will ask for targets to provide personal and/or financial information, or will ask them to click on a link to claim the prize.

Text message scam

Mobile

A text message is sent informing the recipient that their mobile number was entered into a raffle or lottery and selected at random as the winner.

Examples of Lottery Scams

As more and more people are becoming wise to lottery scams, fraudsters are getting increasingly creative. Here are just some examples of lottery scams you may receive:

Second Chance Lottery/Raffle

Usually based around a rollover draw, the scammer will claim you have won a prize in a 'second chance' EuroMillions draw. EuroMillions does not hold such 'second chance' draws. Unclaimed prizes are always either returned to the prize pool for legitimate future winners or transferred to the good causes supported by the lottery.

Lottery Winner Trusts

Some scammers are using the names of known charitable lottery winners to try and extract personal information from the intended victim by claiming that the legitimate jackpot winner is looking to donate funds to people who are less fortunate or in need.

Email Provider Lottery

Users of certain email accounts are targeted under the guise of having won a lottery prize sponsored by their email provider.

Anti Terrorism Agency

The victim receives a letter telling them there is a cheque waiting to be sent to them as soon as they pay a fee to an agency that ensures international money transfers over a certain value do not contain funds associated with terrorism.

To see an example of a scam letter received, visit the Example EuroMillions Scam page.