Tue, May 10, 2011 - 9:19 am

Lotterywest issues Powerball mobile phone scam alert

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Lotterywest, operators of the lottery in Western Australia, has issued the following press release warning of recent unlawful activity:

Lotterywest is appealing to players to be aware of a recent lottery scam, which takes the form of a mobile phone SMS message allegedly 'notifying' players of a 'Powerball prize win'.

Lotterywest wishes to reiterate to players that it does not communicate prize wins via SMS or email.

Western Australians receiving suspicious mobile phone messages, emails or telephone calls from someone claiming to represent Lotterywest are encouraged to avoid:

  • paying money in advance to collect a 'prize';

  • revealing personal or banking details to unknown parties; and

  • replying to the message.

Suspected lottery scams should be reported to Scamnet on 1300 30 40 54 or can be viewed online at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/wascamnet

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