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Luck of the Irish Scams

We all hope to have the “Luck of the Irish” on our side. But this St. Patrick’s Day, don't be fooled by messages claiming you’ve won a pot of gold.  

During the month of March, scammers contact individuals with a message stating that they’ve won a big prize and need to provide personal details in order to claim it. Many of these messages are sent via email and claim to be from the “Irish National Lottery."  

Tips to Avoid Scams From the Irish Lottery

  • You cannot win a lottery, raffle, or any other competition if you have not entered it. 
  • To win a lottery, you must buy a ticket for the drawing in question and match the winning numbers. 
  • Official lotteries do not randomly select email addresses or mobile phone numbers to win prizes. 
  • You would never be approached by a legitimate lottery to claim a prize. You may be notified of a win and advised to check your emails, but it would always be up to you to contact the lottery company to claim any prizes you are due. 
  • A legitimate lottery would never ask for an advance payment before winnings can be released. 
Irish Lottery Scams Blog

The National Insurance Crime Bureau is encouraging consumers to be alert for scams such as these. Don’t engage with unknown callers or senders asking for money. Never believe you have won money from a competition that you did not enter. 

NICB Online Tips:   

  • Only disclose information online when the website is secure.   
  • Before revealing any information – online, over the phone, or in-person – ask how it will be used.  
  • Carefully review all monthly credit card statements and check for unauthorized use. 

If you become a victim of identity theft, we encourage you to contact the Federal Trade Commission.

Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800.TEL.NICB (800.835.6422) or submitting a form on our website.

About the National Insurance Crime Bureau: Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, learning and development, government affairs and public affairs. The NICB is supported by more than 1,400 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $525 billion in insurance premiums in 2019, or more than 82% of the nation's property-casualty insurance. That includes more than 95% ($241 billion) of the nation's personal auto insurance. To learn more visit www.nicb.org.