EuroMillions Scams

Lotteries are popular around the world, and the idea of winning a life-changing jackpot is so alluring that a small but dangerous number of scammers are working hard to exploit it for their own criminal gain. These scammers operate by posing as lottery officials and contacting potential victims by mail, email, phone (via calls or text) or even through social media sites. does not send out emails to anybody. If you receive a message purporting to come from, we suggest you delete it immediately and certainly do not respond.

How to Identify a Scam

Whichever approach is used, the victim is informed that they have won entitlement to claim a lottery prize. The actual amount that has supposedly been won varies from scam to scam, but in some cases the victim is informed that they need to pay a “release fee”, confirm their bank / credit card details or dial a premium rate telephone number in order for their claim to be legally registered. However, recently there has been a wave of scammers who simply request personal details - name, address, date of birth etc. They then use this information to copy your identity, in order to open bank accounts and often borrow money.

DO NOT give your personal details to anyone who has contacted you claiming to be from a lottery - lottery officials will never ask for money before they can pay a prize.

You may think that such scams would be relatively easy to identify, but some go to great lengths to appear as official and proper as possible. Printed materials tend to bear official lottery names, addresses and logos. Emails often contain links to genuine lottery sites, or to clever duplicate sites which are virtually identical to the untrained eye. Phone numbers are manned by trained teams of scam merchants who take your calls as if they were genuine lottery officials. Even messages sent to your social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) claiming you have won a "Facebook Raffle" are making it up - there is no such game.

There are even scams claiming to be from previous lottery winners, who want to share their wealth - providing you give them all your personal information. Don't be fooled - these are scams just the same. Lottery winners who wish to give financial assistance will do so in the form of a trust to which you must apply - they do not contact people directly.

Reporting a Scam

You should exercise extreme caution when notified of a lottery win if you haven't personally entered a lottery game. The chances of you winning any lottery which you haven’t entered are zero, so if you haven’t bought tickets for a particular lottery, assume that any winning notification you receive is fraudulent. Under no circumstances should you provide any of your personal or financial information. Nor should you hand over any payment to officials – either in person, by mail or by calling a premium rate number.

If you have been approached by someone via email, mobile telephone, post or via your social media accounts, claiming you have won a prize on a lottery, raffle or other competition, ask yourself these questions:

If the answer to any of these questions is no, you cannot have won the jackpot. Lottery prizes can only be won if you played the game, matched all the numbers and hold a valid ticket, regardless of what the scammers tell you.