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Foreign lotteries are illegal in the United States. It doesn’t matter whether the solicitations originate from Canada, the Caribbean, England, Ireland, Germany or Nigeria. They are all illegal.
Scammers do change their schemes slightly as time passes. They may send a very legitimate-looking check, saying it is meant to cover fees. Banks will typically cash these checks because they may appear authentic. Many people feel safe sending the "required" fees when the money from the check shows in their account. The check returns days later and the victim discovers that he or she has been defrauded. Please know that your bank will not return money sent to crooks running a foreign lottery.
Once your money is gone, there is generally nothing that law enforcement can do to pursue the scammers. With cell phone technology today, it is often not possible to identify where the scam originated.
Please call the district attorney's Fraud Line at 303-271-6980 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more assistance.
Also see International Lotteries-Sweepstakes for more information.
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