Lottery, Prize, and Sweepstakes Scams and the Role of Money Transfer Services

Conference Description

The Federal Trade Commission, in conjunction with the United States Postal Inspection Service, will host a two-day public workshop in Chicago, Illinois to examine what more can be done to protect consumers from falling victim to lottery, prize, and sweepstakes scams and other scams that use money transfers as the method of payment. The workshop will focus on scams in which consumers are falsely told, "You're a Winner" of a particular lottery or sweepstakes, and that they need only wire money to pay taxes or other fees to collect their prize. The discussion will focus upon how these scams work, the nature of the victims, the role of money transfer services, and additional efforts to combat these frauds.

To Pre-Register:

Those who plan to attend this workshop may pre-register by e-mailing their name and affiliation to MidwestRegion@ftc.gov no later than April 22, 2011. Pre-registration for this workshop is encouraged but is not required.

FTC Privacy Policy

Under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) or other laws, we may be required to disclose to outside organizations the information you provide when you pre-register. The Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments, whether filed in paper or electronic form, and as a matter of discretion, we make every effort to remove home contact information for individuals from the public comments before posting them on the FTC website.

The FTC Act and other laws we administer permit the collection of your pre-registration contact information and the comments you file to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. For additional information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, see the Commission’s comprehensive Privacy Policy.