MIAMI (CBSMiami) – If you check your email inbox and see a letter from the Florida Lottery, be careful.
The Florida Lottery is warning the public of a lottery scam.
The scammers are sending emails in an attempt to obtain personal and financial information.
It looks legitimate using the Florida Lottery logo and the Florida Lottery headquarters’ address as part of the letterhead.
The email states that the recipient has won a prize and should contact the listed “Contact Person” to claim his or her share of the jackpot.
It provides email addresses for the individual to use in submitting general information required to claim the prize.
Lottery officials said the email does not ask the individual to pay or provide financial information, but once he or she responds to the email, the scammers will then request financial information and/or that a tax or fee be paid to claim the prize.
The Florida Lottery will not contact players to inform them that they have won a prize unless they have entered a promotional game or second chance drawing on the official Florida Lottery website or social media pages.
Anyone who receives an email similar to the email examples in this report should not respond and contact the Florida Lottery’s Division of Security at (850) 487-7730.