OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct 27, 2016) - The Oklahoma Lottery has been informed about recent reports to law enforcement of an advance fee scam involving the Mega Millions jackpot game, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC).
"Individuals in other jurisdictions have been contacted with a very convincing memorandum claiming to be from both the FBI and FDIC, advising the recipient that they have won a large Mega Millions prize", according to Rollo Redburn, Executive Director of the Lottery. "The fabricated memorandums request the recipient, as the winner, to wire transfer money as directed in order to secure the winnings. The documentation sent to victims includes letterhead that appears to be from the FBI and FDIC." Redburn went on to say "If Oklahomans haven’t yet been contacted, it likely will not be long before they are - do not reply to this type of letter, it is NOT from the Lottery."
The Lottery reminds players that no advance fees are required to secure winnings, nor would either of the above mentioned agencies be contacting an individual about lottery winnings. If you believe you have won a lottery prize, you may check your ticket at a Lottery retailer, check the Lottery website at www.lottery.ok.gov or call Lottery headquarters at (405) 522 7700.
Anyone receiving a scam memorandum such as that listed above are encouraged to file a report with the FBI at www.IC3.gov.