CONSUMER ALERT: State warns of lottery scam

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MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) -- The State of Wisconsin is warning people to watch out for a lottery scam.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says callers have recently told people they're eligible for unclaimed Powerball prizes, and that they should pick some numbers. Later, they call back, telling people they won a third or fourth prize of millions of dollars and a car. The department believes the callers are casing people for future scams by obtaining information about investments and the value of their homes. Criminals can use the information to build profiles of people, figure out their overall wealth, and perceive them as an easy target for future scams.

The Department of Revenue, which runs the Wisconsin Lottery, says the only time you would receive a call from the lottery is if you entered and won a lottery mail-in drawing. If you want to file a complaint, email or call the Consumer Information Hotline at (800) 422-7128.

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