you would have needed to have bought a ticket or entered one of our contests. If you haven’t, then chances are it might be a scam.
Lottery-themed email and phone scams are not uncommon, and we want Atlantic Canadians to be equipped with the right tools to spot a scam before they’re out some serious cash.
The Canadian Anti Fraud Centre or their Phonebusters line ( 1-888-495-8501) offers tips to consider when receiving any potential lottery related scams by email or by phone. Here are some important points to remember about Atlantic Lottery:
- Atlantic Lottery is the only regional gaming agency entrusted to provide Atlantic Canadians with regulated, fair and entertaining lottery products.
- To be eligible for a lottery prize from Atlantic Lottery, you must be 19+ and have purchased a ticket from an authorized retailer in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland & Labrador, or on our alc.ca website.
- Canadian lotteries only operate lotteries, games of chance or promotional contests inside of their jurisdiction (i.e.: Atlantic Lottery only operates inside Atlantic Canada).
- Canadian lotteries do not send out unsolicited cheques and do not require tax payments, administration fees or other monies in advance of releasing cash prizes.
If you think you’ve received a fraudulent call, your best plan of action is to contact either your local police agency or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s PhoneBusters line at: 1-888-495-8501.