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Scammer sweeping unsuspected winners

Posted in Crime Prevention July 6th, 2009 @ 10:25 am

Just when you thought you’ve heard all the scams going around, here is another one. Scammers who claim to be US Marshals are calling people to tell them they have won the Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes. These scammers tell you that they have $90,000 prize to deliver to you but you have to wire them $450 in insurance before the US Marshals can bring you the money.

First of all, if you get a call like this asking for money before you can claim a prize, hang up on them. It is nothing but a scam. In fact, if you receive a phone call with the caller’s phone number blocked and the caller won’t give you a phone number for call back information, you know they are nothing but low-life scammers trying to get money from you.

Entering a sweepstakes does not cost you anything and should not cost you anything if you win. Doesn’t Publisher’s Clearing House come to your house in a mini-van with balloons, flowers and a check?

During these tough times however, many people may consider paying $450 in order to make $90,000. However, in the end, you will not only be out $450 but also $90,000.

The US Marshall’s believe that these scam artists are calling from out of state or even out of country. This makes it difficult for law enforcement to track them down. In Colorado, it is a Class 6 felony to impersonate a peace officer so if they are caught, they will go to jail.

The best advice for not receiving these scam phone calls is not to sign up for any get rich quick contests. They may be a scam and may get you on a list that scammers can buy.

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