Here are some tips to protect yourself:
Recently, a very smart client of mine received a letter in the mail that informed her that she’d won hundreds of thousands of dollars in a lottery that she’d not actually entered. The letter came with a very official looking check for several thousand dollars, drawn on a well-known bank’s letterhead.
The letter told her that it was the “FINAL NOTICE OF PAYMENT ARRANGEMENTS.”
The letter informed her that all she needed to do was cash the check, to help her “take care of insurance, security coverage, and attorney’s fees.” Then, because she was such a special winner, someone would actually deliver the balance of her winnings to her very door.