SCAM ALERT: Better Business Bureau warns of scam mimicking Louisiana COVID-19 vaccine lottery

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Better Business Bureau of South Central Louisiana is warning residents of a new scam after the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office received a number of complaints from citizens who received phone calls from people claiming to help them register for Louisiana’s COVID-19 lottery, “Shot at a Million.”

Scammers likely carried this out by using a practice called spoofing, which is when someone makes calls using a phone number they can clone to resemble any number and conceal their identity, according to the sheriff’s office.

BBB provided the following information and tips residents can use to prevent from falling victim to this scam:

  • Never provide personal financial information to someone who contacts you
  • Don’t give out the information on your vaccine cards, as hackers can use that information to access accounts
  • To register for the vaccine lottery, people must register online. No one is required to pay money to enter into the lottery
  • Law enforcement officials or other government agencies do not call and offer or award prices
  • Do not trust caller ID, as scammers can manipulate the phone system, making a call appear to be from a government agency
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it often is

Anyone who believes they may have been scammed can make a report at BBB.org/ScamTracker.

To register for Shot at a Million, click here.

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