Be wary of lottery scams, Ohio attorney general’s office warns

Scam artists are looking to swindle you by using phony calls or letters claiming you've won millions of dollars. 

The Ohio Attorney General's Office has already received several reports of scams this week, according to a statement AG Mike DeWine’s office released  Friday. 

These scams typically begin with someone stating that you've won a large sum of money through the lottery or a sweepstake. And in order to receive your prize money you have to wire several hundred dollars for taxes or "processing fees." 

But in reality, the money goes to a scam artist and there is no prize money. 

"We just warn people to be careful," DeWine said. "In most cases, if you're getting a call saying you've won millions of dollars, it's a scam." 

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