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7/28/03

El Gordo Lottery Scam Hits Lubbock

Stay away from foreign lotteries. That's the warning from Texas Attorney General and the Lubbock Better Business Bureau.

Nan Campbell, President of the South Plains B.B.B. says, "We just felt it was important to issue an alert, a warning and cautionary note to not be duped by this sweepstakes, thinking you're going to win thousands and thousands of dollars, especially when they ask money to be sent, make an international call and give your banking information."

Campbell says the El Gordo Lottery is the latest scam to hit Lubbock. Just last week, an area bank stopped a South Plains resident from becoming a victim. Here's how it works: Someone with the El Gordo Lottery company calls or writes you from Madrid, Spain and tells you that you've won the lottery. In order to get that money, you're told to send your banking information and make a confirmation call to Spain.

The warning comes with a few reminders:

  • Any foreign lottery is illegal in the U.S.
  • Never give out personal information like your social security number or credit card and banking account numbers to someone you don't know.
  • If you do receive a suspicious call or if you've been scammed, call both the police and the Better Business Bureau.
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