New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald has issued a consumer
alert based on reports that scam artists are attempting to contact New
Hampshire citizens seeking personal banking information.
Recent news of a New Hampshire winner of the Powerball Lottery in January
has given rise to increasing attempts by scam artists to trick unsuspecting
residents into providing sensitive personal information. The Attorney
General’s Office has received reports of email, phone and text messages
being sent to random citizens pretending to be a representative of the
lottery winner. The scam messages go on to falsely claim that the citizen
is the beneficiary of a large amount of money from the lottery winner
and then asks for the person’s banking information. In some instances,
the scam messages provide the name and email address of a New Hampshire law firm.
These are all attempts to trick people into giving over sensitive personal
The Attorney General cautions everyone in the State to carefully guard
their personal information, such as social security number, date of birth,
banking account number or credit card number, and to never provide that
information in response to unsolicited phone calls, emails or text messages.
If you are the recipient of an email, phone call or text message promising
a share in lottery winnings, do not respond to those messages. If you
do accept one of these calls, do not engage the caller. Simply hand up.
If you have questions about one of these calls, you can call the Attorney
General’s Consumer Information line at 888-468-4454.