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Better Business Bureau warns of lottery scams

Posted at 2:36 PM, Jun 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-06 08:54:49-04

The Better Business Bureau of Nebraska held a press conference Tuesday morning to address evolving fraud in sweepstakes, lottery and prize scams. 

In 2017 alone, 500,000 Americans and Canadians lost $117 million in these types of scams. 

A majority of the "winners" are those 55 and older and they are contacted in a variety of ways, including pop-up ads, text messages and Facebook messages. 

Senior citizens are encouraged to use an "abundance of caution" when accepting prizes online.