Latvian Gambling Regulator warns about Rogue Lotteries & Scams

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Modified by Daniel Hardman on March 03, 2021 in Industry News

For gamblers playing the lottery or casino games is all about waiting to see if lady luck has a big win in store for them.  

The downside is that there are those who take advantage of the big winning dreamers and their gambling habits.  

Latvian consumers recently received warning from the regulator that there are rogue lotteries taking place in the country. 

Rogue Lotteries in Latvia 

Playing casino games or taking part in lotteries can be a lot of fun and lead to big wins but it can also be very dangerous. Recently, the Latvian gambling regulator issued a warning to customers about sham lotteries operating in the country.  

The Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection (IAUI) cautioned all customers who consider taking part in any online lotteries to do a full inspection before spending their cash. 

According to the regulator many of these rogue operators tend to contact customers to claim they have winnings that need to be paid out. The Latvian regulator is doing all they can to prevent all unsuspecting individuals from handing over their sensitive information to these possible scam sites.  

Look out For These Red Flags 

 According to the IAUI it can be very hard to spot the fake lottery operators from the legit online lottery operators. Most of the scam sites put in a lot of work to look like legit sites which is how they manage to scam so many individuals out of their hard earned cash.  

According to the regulator it is possible to avoid falling into their trap by exercising caution and being watchful.  

Do Research 

The first thing you need to do before buying a ticket at any online lottery operator site is to do proper research. Put in the time to see if there is evidence that the company is running a legitimate lottery. Do not hand over any money if you can’t find any proof that the lottery operation is genuine or has a proven track record.  

Ignore Personal Contact 

Many of these rogue lottery providers tend to contact consumers to let them known they have won. According to the IAUI any email about a win for a lottery that you don’t remember entering should be viewed with extreme caution. Apart from fake win emails the fraudsters are also known to make contact via telephone. Via these emails or telephone calls they will then request that the “lucky winner” cover the costs of opening an account and transferring the winnings. “Winners” are also usually told that they will need to pay the tax on their recent “win”.  

Check The Email Server 

The IAUI said that if contact of “winnings” is made through a public email server such as Gmail and Hotmail the chances of it being fake is higher. Other tell-tale signs to look for generally include spelling or grammatical mistakes in the Latvian language. This often suggests that the correspondence is being done through a bot and is most certainly part of a scam.  

Signs of Legitimacy 

If you have taken part in a lottery and believe that the communication can be genuine you should look for confirmation in the details provided. Generally when it is legitimate the operator will provide the name of the winner as well as the winning ticket number in their communication. You can then use this information and compare it to your own ticket to verify the authenticity.  

No Payment Request 

Lastly, the IAUI stated that no reputable lottery would request for taxes or any other form of payment in order to pay out your winnings. If you receive contact from a lottery on a possible win and they request some form of payment from you in order to receive your winnings, it is most likely a scam and should be ignored.

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