DOBSON — The Surry County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to be aware of a lottery scam.
The scam is initiated by residents receiving a letter in the mail that indicates that the recipient has won $4.5 million from the Bonoloto.Es or Bonoloto Int’l Lottery Promotion Program.
The letter directs the recipient to call a telephone number listed to claim the prize. Upon calling the number, the caller will be asked for banking information and is requested to send a check for $850 or other amount to cover taxes and other fees, according to Sheriff Jimmy Combs.
Surry County residents are warned by the Sheriff’s Office that this is a common scam that appears in many forms with different names, said Combs.
The scam is often perpetrated by letter, telephone call, or email. The Sheriff’s Office advises that these letters and callers can be quite convincing and states that residents should never give banking information to anyone and should never click on any links provided in emails unless they are absolutely certain of the origin of the email.