Each person who has been duped by a lottery or sweepstakes scam has incurred a loss of $5,000.00 on average. The scammers are the only ones "winning" in this situation.
Lottery and sweepstakes scams begin with the con-artist contacting you
, phone, through social media, letter or fax to notify you that you have "won." Money, vacations, and popular consumer electronics are common so-called "prizes."
Pro-tip: There is no possible way to "win" a sweepstakes or lottery if someone hasn't purchased a ticket. No lotteries will call you and tell you that you've won, it just doesn't work that way.