Scammers and fraudsters often try to gain money or personal information by posing as official lottery representatives. It is important to remember that you cannot win a Vikinglotto prize if you didn’t purchase a ticket.
If you have played Vikinglotto and think you have won a prize, you can claim it by following the steps set out on our How to Claim page.
Identifying a Vikinglotto Scam
You should remember the following rules about Vikinglotto prizes:
- You cannot win a prize for a draw you haven’t entered. Make sure you know whether you have entered the draw in question. If someone says you have won a prize when you haven’t even entered, they are trying to scam you.
- Official Vikinglotto providers will never offer you prizes based on your mobile phone number or email address being randomly selected as a winner in a draw.
- You never have to pay an upfront fee to receive your prize money.
What to Look Out For
Lottery scams can be quite easy to spot if you know what to look out for. Follow these simple steps and you should be able to identify whether a piece of correspondence is a scam or genuine:
- Scammers will often state that there is a certain timeframe in which you need to contact them to collect your prize. This is to pressurise you and rush you into giving them your details before you seek any advice or properly think about the decision you are making.
- If you are told you must keep your win confidential, this is another sign that something could be too good to be true. Scammers will do this to stop you from mentioning your win to someone else who might see that it isn’t genuine.
- Letters sent to you through the post or via email by scammers often have spelling mistakes and poor grammar. These can be a sign that English is not the first language of the senders; official communications would be unlikely to have these problems.
What to Do If You Have Received a Vikinglotto Scam
If you have a received a scam message or phone call, or feel like you are being targeted by fraudsters, you should follow this guidance:
- Do not under any circumstances send any money to the person who contacted you.
- Do not open any attachments or click any links in an email you suspect to be a scam.
- Do not communicate at all with the sender of the message.
- Do not reveal any personal or financial information, and make sure you keep all private data to yourself.
- If you have already sent personal or financial information to the sender, inform your bank as soon as possible
Types of Vikinglotto Scams
There are several Vikinglotto scams that you should look out for. They include:
Scammers may send ‘phishing’ emails asking you to click on a link within them. This will be used to direct you to a malicious site, where your personal information and data can be collected. Make sure any email you receive is genuine and official before opening or clicking on any links.
You might receive a text message saying you have won a prize after your number was randomly selected to win. These types of promotion do not exist, and Vikinglotto would never inform you of such a win via text message. Do not follow any links sent in suspicious text messages.
Scammers sometimes pose as official lottery representatives over the telephone. They will ask you for your bank details and personal information so they can send your prize to you. Never give these types of details out to strangers over the phone.
The rise of social media has enabled a new type of scam, in which you receive a message via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or another social media platform, saying you are the winner of a lottery prize. Always remember that you cannot enter Vikinglotto through any social media platform and you would never be informed of a win via social media. You can only play online through authorised lottery concierge services and offline at authorised ticket retailers.
In a postal scam, you would receive a letter informing you of a lottery win. The letter might not be addressed to you personally and may just say ‘Dear Winner,’ which is an easy way to tell that it isn’t genuine. The letter might be poorly written or may otherwise look unofficial.