Beware of Lottery Scam Letter, Officials Warn Maryland Residents

The office of Maryland's attorney general is warning residents about a lottery scam targeting Maryland residents.

A fake letter is being sent out with a counterfeit reproduction of the Maryland Mega Millions logo, telling recipients they have won the "Mega Millions International Lottery 2019 Draw," the state's Consumer Protection Division said Monday.

People should throw away any letter saying they have won an international lottery, officials said. Recipients of such letters can report them to Maryland's Consumer Protection Division and to the Federal Trade Commission.

The division says a letter that was reported to the attorney general's office claimed to be from the "International Promotion Price Award Dept." It included the logos of the United Nations and Mega Millions, instructed the recipient to call a foreign number and asked for a percentage of the alleged "winnings."

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