Be wary of any unsolicited emails that claims you have won a large sum of money in an international lottery- there is no lottery and most definitely, no prize.

Lottery scams are one of the most common types of online fraud. The scam begins when you receive an email that states you have won a substantial amount of money in a lottery you did not enter. When you initiate a dialogue with the scammers by replying to the email, you will be asked to provide banking and personal details. These requests are said to prove your identity and facilitate the disbursement of your winnings. Like with other types of scams, victims who comply with the request could become victims of identity theft.

Subsequently, the scammers will request fees in advance to cover administration expenses associated with disbursement of the winnings. The scammers will take your money, and find a way to stall the payment of your winnings. You could also be asked keep your winnings private for security reasons. Scammers do this to prevent you from researching of finding more information about the nonexistent lottery.

If you receive one of these scam emails, it is important that you do not attempt to respond. Scammers will act upon any response received.  Remember these are professional scammers and could be extremely persuading.  Never respond a message which says you have won a contest or lottery that you did not enter. Do not click on any links in the email, or open any files attached to it. Bottom line, if it looks too good to be true—it probably is.