It's Illegal to Participate in Foreign Lotteries

We continue taking a look now at scams making their way across Eastern Carolina. Financial crime experts say Nigerian scams, which have been around since the 1980s, continue catching people in Eastern Carolina off guard. Authorities seem to think it's because scammers are getting more skilled at fooling you into thinking the scam is for real. The most popular scams involve foreign lotteries. Lawmen say notices come through the mail or e-mail, informing you that you have just won a European lottery. Authorities say if it is for real, participating would be illegal. Scam artists are also sending out entry forms for these so-called lotteries to hook you more effectively.