One of our residents received a call yesterday and was told she had won 2.5 million dollars and a Mercedes-Benz from Publishers Clearing House. The caller said that all she had to do was send him a check for $8,900.00 through the Post Office to receive her prizes. This was recognized as a scam and no money was sent to the suspect. Do not fall for this scam! The Internet Crime Complaint Center offers these warning signs to a possible scam:
- If the lottery winnings appear too good to be true, they probably are.
- Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country.
- Be leery if you do not remember entering a lottery or contest.
- Be cautious if you receive a telephone call stating you are the winner in a lottery.
- Beware of lotteries that charge a fee prior to delivery of your prize.
- Be wary of demands to send additional money to be eligible for future winnings.