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Florida Lottery Cautions People about E-mail Scam

The Florida Lottery, an organization that the government runs within Florida State of USA has cautioned people about an e-mail scam that's abusing the lottery organization's name, published Miami.cbslocal.com dated June 30, 2014.

The scam e-mail is being spammed with an effort for acquiring financial and other personal data.

It appears genuine by utilizing the address of Florida Lottery's main office and its logo within the letterhead.

Addressing recipient of the fake electronic mail, the message tells him that he's the winner of a jackpot so must get in touch with the individual whose name is listed for getting his portion of the prize money.

There is also an e-mail id inside the message to which the recipient must answer by giving his general details, for acquiring the prize.

According to the officers handling the lottery, the scam electronic mail doesn't right away instruct the recipient for giving financial information or paying any fee, however, when he answers the e-mail, there will be the same request apparently for getting the prize. Miami.cbslocal.com published this.

Now as per Florida Lottery, it never communicates with players for making any notification about them winning a prize except when they've participated in any promotional game alternatively a lottery draw on its second round being conducted via the authorized website of Florida Lottery else via social-networking sites.

As a result, Florida Lottery officials advise all those who get the above kind of e-mail to refrain from answering it. They can get additional information along with more suggestions for safeguarding themselves by visiting flalottery.com. Moreover, consumers can tell about a lottery fraud to the Security Division of Florida Lottery at the 850-487-7730 phone number, the officials add.

Besides, it isn't that only lottery organizations become targets of e-mail scammers like in the instance of Florida Lottery. They (scammers) also abuse famous personalities' names in connection with bogus lotteries, like during February 2014 when Steve Ballmer former CEO of Microsoft declared his retirement, cyber-criminals misused his name within a lottery e-mail fraud that supposedly promised EUR250,00 as prize money to winning individuals. This was according to ESET a security company.

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