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Arkansas lottery officials warn of phone scam

By The Associated Press

This article was published August 19, 2014 at 7:20 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is warning about telephone scammers making false representations about people winning a prize.

The lottery said Monday that there are reports of someone claiming to represent the lottery and calling Arkansans to say they had won a prize. The caller instructs the would-be victim to go to a local store and buy a prepaid card called a Green Dot MoneyPak in order to prepay taxes on the prize.

The lottery said scammers have also provided a toll-free number that, when called, mimics the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery phone message.

The lottery said it never requires payment of money to claim a prize and that it typically doesn't call people to tell them they've won a prize — except in contests that the person has intentionally entered.

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