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Better Business Bureau Releases Study On Sweepstakes, Lottery And Prize Scams
Updated June 7, 2018 6:57 AM
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(UNDATED) - A new report by the Better Business Bureau says sweepstakes, lottery and prize schemes are using ever-changing methods to hurt victims financially and emotionally.

The BBB says these frauds concentrate on seniors, targeting them by direct mail, cold calling, social media, and even text messages and smartphone pop-ups.

The report says these scams bilked at least $117 million out of half a million Americans and Canadians in 2017 alone.

Seniors are the most frequent target and suffer the largest losses by far in these scams.

The report found the scams commonly originate in Jamaica, Costa Rica and Nigeria.

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