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Va. Lottery warns consumers of lottery scams

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Lottery is launching a campaign to warn people about fake lottery scams.

Officials say the "Play Smart" campaign is aimed at informing both lottery players and non-players to be careful when someone tells they're told they've won a large prize.

While the scams take many forms, officials say that in most cases, criminals email or call to tell intended victims they have won a large prize. Then the crooks try to get the person to send money or personal information.

The "Play Smart" campaign includes a public service announcement for TV and radio, as well as a brochure filled with tips on how to avoid being scammed.

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Online:

http://www.valottery.com

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