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.
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.