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Published on June 4th, 2014


Foreign Lottery Emails

We received a spam email regarding a winning ticket to the Canada-UK Lottery.


The FTC warns that many scam operators are based in Canada, which is where this email is claiming to originate from.

It is illegal to participate in foreign lotteries, says the FTC. The agency warns: “If you play a foreign lottery — through the mail or over the telephone — you’re violating federal law.”

Be wary of any emails regarding foreign lotteries, which are often aimed at getting your bank account number and aren’t about giving you a million dollars any time soon.

For more information on foreign lottery scams, make sure to check out’s article on sweepstakes and prize scams.

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