Everyone dreams of winning a big lottery prize. Sadly, scammers have been known to take advantage of this. They may manipulate people by falsely claiming they have won and asking them to send payment in order to claim a prize.
A little vigilance and knowledge can help keep you safe. To protect yourself, always keep these two points in mind:
You will never be asked to send money to claim a STARS lottery prize. Period. If you are being asked to send a cheque, money order, or payment of any kind to claim your lottery prize, it is a scam. Hang up the phone or delete the email.
Check with STARS directly to verify if you are a winner. You are always welcome to check the official lottery winners list on our website or contact us to confirm if you have won a prize. Always use our official numbers and websites, shown below, and not the ones a scammer may provide.
If you receive a scam lottery call, please hang up, record the number calling, then advise your local police department and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501, or visit their website.