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Charlotte woman let down when scammers claimed she won the NC vaccine lottery

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – A Charlotte woman is warning others to be leery of emails, texts, and other forms of communication that appear to be from government officials.

Stacey Hepp received an email from an account portraying to be the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. She says the email notified her that she won $1 million in North Carolina’s Summer Cash Drawing, also known as North Carolina’s COVID-19 vaccine lottery.

“He [husband] and I both stared at that email and thought this would be so exciting, but this just can’t be real,” Hepp said.

She was cautiously optimistic because the email appeared to have the official NCDHHS logo on it. Just in case luck really was on her side, she responded to the email. According to NCDHHS’ official rulebook, winners have 48 hours to accept their prize.

The email she received in response raised some red flags. She says the emailer asked for her personal information such as her…

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