July 11, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
GENERAL WARNS OF NEW E-MAIL SCAM
PROMISING LOTTERY WINNINGS
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. is warning Marylanders about another
Internet scam that tries to get people to disclose personal information
such as credit card and bank account numbers.
Massachusetts State Lottery recently warned officials in other states
that a fraudulent Web site called www.mass-lottery.org has been
emailing and text-messaging individuals worldwide in an effort to
get them to visit its site. The Web site is an exact duplicate of
the real Massachusetts State Lottery Web site (www.masslottery.com).
The messages suggest that the recipient has won $30,000 in a Massachusetts
lottery, and gives a password and user name. When the person goes
to the Web site and enters the password and user name, he or she
is asked for very detailed personal and financial information, including
credit card and bank account numbers.
www.mass-lottery.org site apparently has been shut down, but Attorney
General Curran warns consumers to always be wary of any such messages
they may receive in the future.
someone says you have won a contest or lottery that you did not
enter, that should be a red flag," he said. "Any time
you are solicited by e-mail to give personal information such as
your Social Security Number, credit card or bank account number,
dont give it. Con artists are coming up with creative ways
to trick you into giving that information. Dont be fooled."