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Better Business Bureau warns of lottery scams

Posted: 2:36 PM, Jun 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-06 08:54:49-04
Better Business Bureau warns of lottery scams
Better Business Bureau warns of lottery scams
Better Business Bureau warns of lottery scams
Better Business Bureau warns of lottery scams
Better Business Bureau warns of lottery scams
Better Business Bureau warns of lottery scams
Better Business Bureau warns of lottery scams

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.