Arkansas lottery officials warn of phone scam

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is warning about telephone scammers making false representations about people winning a prize.

The lottery says there are reports of someone claiming to represent the lottery and calling Arkansans to say they had won a prize. The caller instructs the would-be victim to go to a local store and buy a pre-paid card called a Green Dot MoneyPak in order to pre-pay taxes on the prize.

The lottery says scammers have also provided a toll-free number that - when called - mimics the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery phone message.

The lottery says it never requires payment of money to claim a prize and that it typically doesn't call people to tell them they've won a prize - except in contests that the person has intentionally entered.

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