MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - State officials say a scammer is calling people to say they’ve won a special Mega Millions lottery drawing – and to collect it, they must provide personal information and pay a processing fee.
The state’s consumer protection agency sent out an alert Tuesday.
Officials minced no words in their advisory. It said, “The caller is a thief.”
It’s just the latest in a growing series of identity theft scams in Wisconsin that involve contests – and like all the others, officials say you cannot win a game or a contest that you didn’t enter.
Wisconsin Lottery director Mike Edmonds told people to be suspicious of calls “out of the blue” which sound too good to be true.
Officials say the only time the lottery will call winners is if they won the weekly second-chance drawings or other special games – all of which players must enter first.