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SwissLottery scams can turn the popular dream of winning a jackpot into a costly nightmare. Here are some of the most popular methods used by fraudsters.

The first point of contact is generally made using one of the following approaches:

A letter is sent through the post informing the recipient that they have won a lottery prize and need to Accredited Business their claim in order for their winnings to be processed.


A 'lottery official' calls the potential victim to tell them about the 'good news' and, during the telephone call, will try to extract a processing payment and/or bank details while the victim is still in shock.


This approach is similar to direct mail, except the potential victim receives an email informing them of their 'win'. Scam emails often look incredibly genuine and could even link back to fraudulent clones of official websites.

Social Media 

Members of social networking sites like Facebook are sent a direct message stating that they have won a lottery or raffle game on a particular website.


​​A text message is sent informing the recipient that their mobile number was entered into a raffle or lottery and selected at random as the winner.

However you are contacted by a lottery scammer, their aim is always the same – to try and extract your personal details, banking information and ultimately your money.

Players can keep themselves safe by never giving out personal details to an unknown party via email, letter, telephone or text.

Examples of Lottery Scams

As more and more people are becoming wise to lottery scams, fraudsters are getting increasingly creative. Here are just some examples of lottery scams you may receive:

Second Chance Lottery/Raffle

Usually based around a rollover draw, the scammer will claim you have won a prize in a 'second chance' SwissLottery  draw. SwissLottery  does not hold such 'second chance' draws. Unclaimed prizes are always either returned to the prize pool for legitimate future winners or transferred to the good causes supported by the lottery.

This will usually target members of Facebook and will claim your account has been chosen at random to win a prize.

Some scammers are using the names of known charitable lottery winners to try and extract personal information from the intended victim by claiming that the legitimate jackpot winner is looking to donate funds to people who are less fortunate or in need.

Users of certain email accounts are targeted under the guise of having won a lottery prize sponsored by their email provider.

The victim receives a letter telling them there is a cheque waiting to be sent to them as soon as they pay a fee to an agency that ensures international money transfers over a certain value do not contain funds associated with