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Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Protect Yourself

You can help stop mail, email and phone fraud in Minnesota — by recognizing and reporting it.
If you can answer “Yes” to any of the following questions, you could be involved in a fraud or about to be scammed. Report the scam immediately.

  • Did someone want to send you a check for something and ask for you to send part of it back to them?

  • Did you receive the check via overnight delivery service? 

  • Is the check connected to communicating with someone by telephone or email? 

  • Is the check drawn on a business or individual account that is different from the person buying your item or product? 

  • Have you been informed that you were the winner of a lottery, such as Canadian, Australian, El Gordo or El Mundo? A lottery that you did not enter? 

  • Have you been instructed to either "Wire," "Send," or "Ship" money as soon as possible to a large U.S. city or to another country, such as Canada, England or Nigeria? 

  • Have you been asked to pay money to receive a deposit from another country such as Canada, England or Nigeria? 

  • Are receiving pay or commission for facilitating money transfers through your bank account? 

  • Did you respond to an email requesting you to confirm, update or provide your bank account information?

Information courtesy of FBI Fraud Alert

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