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Lottery officials warn of scam involving phone calls over pretend winnings

CONCORD – A telephone scam pretending to come from the New Hampshire Lottery is being reported around the state, officials say.

It appears to be originating from the Jamaican 876 area code, which is notorious for lottery scams. ...

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CONCORD – A telephone scam pretending to come from the New Hampshire Lottery is being reported around the state, officials say.

It appears to be originating from the Jamaican 876 area code, which is notorious for lottery scams.

According to officials from the state lottery and the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, the scam works like this:

A scammer claiming to be a representative of the New Hampshire Lottery will call or leave a voice message from the phone number 1-876-404-7999. The caller will ask that a return call be made to 1-877-899-9331 to claim a prize. Callers will hear a New Hampshire Lottery phone recording which has been cloned by the scammers.

The scammers inform callers tthey have won a significant prize from the New Hampshire Lottery, such as a second-place $5 million Mega Millions prize, and that the prize will be delivered to their home or office that day.

The scammers then provide instructions to contact a fake Bank of America number where the victim can coordinate payment of taxes in order to obtain the prize. This number actually goes to confederates of the scammers, use the information to steal funds from bank accounts

“We remind our players that the New Hampshire Lottery does not place calls to winners because Lottery winners are anonymous until they come forward and claim their prize. Furthermore, the New Hampshire Lottery and other regulated Lottery operations do not require you to pay to collect your winnings,” said New Hampshire Lottery Executive Director Charlie McIntyre in a press release.

“Please do not return any telephone calls from 876 or 877 phone numbers.”

Questions about the New Hampshire Lottery, its games, and promotions can be addressed by calling New Hampshire Lottery offices Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at 271-3391, or by visiting www.nhlottery.com.

– Telegraph staff