Habersham Co. - Habersham County Sheriff took to Facebook once again to warn the community of another scam.
The post reads, "Beware of scams that claim to be affiliated with the Georgia Lottery Corporation."
"If you receive the email shown below or anything similar to it, please do not respond or provide any of your personal information," the post says. "You can identify fraudulent emails by paying attention to details. For example, the email below claims to be from the "Georgia Lottery Organization," was sent from an unknown email address and lists a number with an out-of-state area code as its contact number."
The Georgia Lottery only issues winning notifications via email to members of the Players Club who have opted in to receive a win and payment alerts for Georgia Lottery purchases made using their iHOPE® account. All win and payment emails from the Georgia Lottery are sent from firstname.lastname@example.org.
"If you receive a winning notification from any other email address, it is a fraud," the post says.
If at any point you feel that you have been a victim of fraud, the Sheriff Department suggests you contact the Federal Trade Commission, where they can assign a case number to investigate your claim: www.ftc.gov.
For more tips and information on how to avoid lottery scams, please click here: http://bit.ly/30lP84b.
Among the list of ways to avoid this scam are: If you receive a check with directions to cash and return a portion of the cash, do not respond. Do not be fooled into providing personal information to scammers. If you are requested to pay a fee before winnings can be released to you, this is a fraud. Never redeem a Lottery ticket for someone you do not know. Never accept a collect phone call from someone claiming to be a Lottery official. Only purchase Georgia Lottery tickets from one of over 8,700 official Georgia Lottery retailers located in the state of Georgia.
The post ends by saying "We appreciate your support. Please stay safe and remain vigilant at all times."