February 19, 2016 – Telephone Lottery Scam

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is advising the public of a telephone lottery prize scam that is apparently operating across North American, including in Ontario.

Scammers are identifying themselves as calling from fictitious yet legitimate-sounding organizations such as “The Canadian Gaming and Lottery Commission” or the “International Lottery Commission”. These institutions do not exist.

The scam involves members of the public being told they have been selected as winners of major lottery prizes which can be claimed by paying a fee over the phone.

OLG does not conduct such phone calls, make such offers or ask for money over the phone.

Anyone receiving such a call should report the incident to police by calling the Canadian  Anti-Fraud Centre (formerly known as PHONEBUSTERS) at 1-888-495-8501 or at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca

OLG lottery tickets and products can only be purchased at authorized OLG lottery retailers or on PlayOLG.ca.

Legitimate lottery tickets can be checked using the Ticket Checkers at authorized lottery retailers, select OLG Slots & Casino facilities or the Toronto Prize Centre. If you have won a prize, there are a variety of ways to claim your prize. For further details, please check OLG.ca – How to claim a Lottery Prize.

For any further questions, please contact the OLG Support Centre at 1-800-387-0098.