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I have received an email about a lottery prize in an Australian lottery. What should I do?

A number of organisations are promoting what purport to be 'Australian lotteries' to people overseas. Some of these organisations claim that the lotteries are guaranteed by the Australian Government. This is false. The Australian Government does not operate any guarantee in relation to lottery prizes.

If you receive material from organisations promoting Australian lotteries you are advised to treat this material with caution. Some of these organisations do not have official accreditation and the material supplied by them may be misleading. As the activities of some of these organisations are occurring offshore, they are outside the jurisdiction of the Australian Trade Practices Commission.

For more information on scams in Australia, please visit the following government web sites: