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Postal service assists in consumer protection

April 9, 2012
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

During the month of March, the US Postal Service has been participating in national consumer protection-designed to help customers become smarter consumers and improve their ability to combat fraud.

This year, the Postal Inspection Service has warned customers about foreign lottery schemes and provided them with the information needed to combat these illegal activities.

The Postal Inspection Service cautions consumers, if contacted to play a foreign lottery by mail, email, or telephone, to do the following:

- Hang up the phone, don't respond to the email, and shred the solicitation.

- Don't give out personal or financial information to anyone over the Internet or on the phone.

- Never wire or send money to anyone, anywhere, who says you've won a foreign lottery.

- Don't let anyone pressure you into making an immediate decision.

- Never purchase anything until you get all information in writing.

Postal Inspectors want people to know that anyone can be a victim of lottery fraud - including retired business owners, schoolteachers or people with advanced degrees.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. To schedule a presentation for your community, club or group on how the Postal Service brings the Post Office to your home or office computer, call 573-9638.



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