What to Look Out For
Lottery scams can be quite easy to spot if you know what to look out for. Follow these simple steps and you should be able to identify whether a piece of correspondence is a scam or genuine:
- Scammers will often state that there is a certain timeframe in which you need to contact them to collect your prize. This is to pressurise you and rush you into giving them your details before you seek any advice or properly think about the decision you are making.
- If you are told you must keep your win confidential, this is another sign that something could be too good to be true. Scammers will do this to stop you from mentioning your win to someone else who might see that it isn’t genuine.
- Letters sent to you through the post or via email by scammers often have spelling mistakes and poor grammar. These can be a sign that English is not the first language of the senders; official communications would be unlikely to have these problems.
Types of Vikinglotto Scams
There are several Vikinglotto scams that you should look out for. They include:
You might receive a text message saying you have won a prize after your number was randomly selected to win. These types of promotion do not exist, and Vikinglotto would never inform you of such a win via text message. Do not follow any links sent in suspicious text messages.
Scammers sometimes pose as official lottery representatives over the telephone. They will ask you for your bank details and personal information so they can send your prize to you. Never give these types of details out to strangers over the phone.
The rise of social media has enabled a new type of scam, in which you receive a message via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or another social media platform, saying you are the winner of a lottery prize. Always remember that you cannot enter Vikinglotto through any social media platform and you would never be informed of a win via social media. You can only play online through authorised lottery concierge services and offline at authorised ticket retailers.
In a postal scam, you would receive a letter informing you of a lottery win. The letter might not be addressed to you personally and may just say ‘Dear Winner,’ which is an easy way to tell that it isn’t genuine. The letter might be poorly written or may otherwise look unofficial.