A lottery scam, lotto scam, or lottery scamming, is a trick or advance-fee fraud used by lottery scammers to convince their potential victims into sending them money by claiming they are winners in a so-called lottery. The lottery scammers contact their potential victims via telephone, email, SMS Text messages, or on social media websites, claiming that they are from a legitimate lottery organization. The scammers then claim the potential victims are winners in a lottery draw, promotion, award, or even a donation. They (scammers) will then ask their potential victims to send money to cover taxes, bank transfer or processing fees. But, once the victims send their money, thinking they will receive their lottery prizes, the scammers will collect their money and disappear.