GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about scams targeting Mega Millions players.
The jackpot for Tuesday’s drawing is more than $600 million. The higher the prize, the more calls the BBB gets from ticket holders with offers that sound too good to be true.
"The main call you get is a call that says you've won such a large amount in the lottery and all you have to do is pay this small processing fee," said Michael Henson, Dispute Resolution Specialist for the BBB of Central North Carolina.
"That fee is all they're really after."
Henson warns that ticket holders should be skeptical of anyone who asks for an upfront fee.
A viewer emailed FOX8 saying he was contacted by an official from the Mega Millions lottery. He was told that he was a third place winner and would receive $800,000 and a Mercedes Benz for a processing fee of $281.
"When you win a lottery, you don't have to pay money to receive it," he said.
Henson says anyone who gets a suspicious sounding call should ask for the company's name and number -- which most times are fake.
"As soon as you release that money to them, it can't be traced, and you cannot find it," he said.
But for some ticket holders like Cory Hendrix, who is pooling his money with his co-workers, the answer is much simpler.
"I wouldn't give it a second thought,” Hendrix said. “I'd just hang up on them."