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    Information on Sweepstakes or Contest Scams


    Information on Sweepstakes or Contest Scams

    August 17, 2020

    The American Gaming Association (AGA) warns the general public that unknown individuals, not related to the AGA, are contacting members of the general public in an attempt to obtain money and/or their personal or financial information.

    The callers may inform the call recipient that they have won money or some other prize in a contest or sweepstakes. The callers often claim they are employees of the AGA or associated with the AGA. In some cases, the calls appear to come from a phone number associated with the AGA. The AGA is not conducting any contest or sweepstakes – these claims are false. 

    These phone calls are not in any way connected with the AGA. The AGA is not working with these individuals and does not run any sweepstakes, prize programs, or contests for the general public. Further, the AGA does not call members of the general public unsolicited and ask for personal or financial information over the phone.

    If you receive a call or communication that you believe is a scam, hang up immediately. Do not provide your personal or financial information or send money.

    If you are unsure whether the call is from the AGA, try to call the number that appears on your phone – most likely you will get an “out of service” message, which means the number was spoofed and is not from the AGA. You may consider contacting your cell phone provider to explore how to block the phone numbers that are contacting you.

    In addition, if you receive a call that appears suspicious, you can report it to the authorities, including the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.