LOTTERY SCAM

How it works  

Scammers call or mail you notification you won a prize or money! But, there is a catch. To get your prize you have to pay a processing fee, taxes, or something you have never heard of.  

Red Flags 

If you win a prize or lottery money, it is illegal for you to have to pay money upfront to receive it. If someone asked you for money as a condition to receive the prize, IT IS A SCAM.

What to Do

Hang up or throw the mailer away. If it’s too good to be true, it is. If you are not sure, call us. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is happy to help you determine if you are dealing with a scam. Call us Monday-Friday 8 am-4 pm at (970) 244-3500 or after hours at (970) 242-6707.