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How to Avoid Lottery Scams

Lottery scams have become an increasingly widespread issue, with fraudsters attempting to impersonate official lotteries to try and extract money from innocent targets. Learn more about different types of scams and how to make sure you don’t fall into the traps.

INFO - You cannot win a Health Millions prize if you have not placed a bet or activated a free bet by logging in to your account. If you have been contacted by someone saying you have won, and yet you have not taken part, it is a scam.

If you have bet on Health Millions and think you might be a winner, you can check your numbers to find out.

How to Spot Scams

Lottery scams can be very effective because the idea of winning a huge amount of money is so appealing. Some scams can also look very convincing. However fraudsters are only interested in taking your money so you should be very careful if you are contacted by anyone who says you have won. One good way to avoid scams is to ask yourself the following questions:

Types of Scam

Lottery scams can come in many forms, including email, phone, social media and post. Learn more about each type:

Email

Email scams are very common because they can easily be sent to many people at once. The fraudster is likely to claim that they represent a legitimate lottery such as Health Millions or The Health Lottery. You may be asked to provide personal or financial information, or pay a fee in order to receive your prize.

You may also be asked to click on a link to a website. You should not follow any such link because it may be to a malicious website which is designed to gather your information. This is known as a ‘phishing’ email.

Look out for these other signs that an email might be fraudulent:

Mobile

Any phone call or text that says you have won a prize because your phone number has been selected at random is a scam. Health Millions does not offer competitions of this type. You need to place a bet and match the winning numbers to land a prize. Watch out for these signs that the phone call or text you received could be a scam.

You will only be contacted by telephone if you have won the Health Millions jackpot. Even in this case, if you receive a phone call and are not sure that it is from a representative of Health Millions, you can end the call and get in touch by using the details on the contact us page.

Social Media

Health Millions does not use social media platforms to notify winners about prizes or ask them for personal details. If you are contacted via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or any other form of social media about a win, the message has not come from Health Millions. Fraudsters often set up fake social media accounts to impersonate official lotteries, for example by using their branding. Another common scam is to pretend to be a big lottery winner who is looking to share their money with others on social media.

Here are some of the signs to help you spot a social media scam:

Postal

Health Millions does not get in contact with winners by post, so if you receive a letter saying you have won it is a scam. Look out for these further signs that a letter is a scam:

What to do if you Receive a Scam

Take the following steps if you suspect that you have been contacted by a scammer, regardless of whether it is by email, telephone, social media or post:

If you have already sent personal or financial information to someone you suspect might be a scammer, you should contact your bank. You should also think about calling the police or a fraud agency such as Action Fraud to get more advice.

New lottery scams are emerging all the time and some of them can look very convincing. However, if you stay vigilant and remember that it is impossible to win a lottery prize without taking part in the game, you should be able to steer clear of scams.

You can verify notifications that you have received from Health Millions by contacting us. Go to the Prizes page for more information about what you can win on Health Millions and what happens when you do win.