SWEEPSTAKES SCAM VICTIMIZES A YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN

SWEEPSTAKES SCAM VICTIMIZES A YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN

If you have to send money to win a prize, beware! Also, you cannot win a contest you did not enter! In spite of those two basic rules local residents continue to get scammed. Managing Editor Tami Roleff said one local woman lost nearly $20,000.00 in a common sweepstakes scam…

Winning a large sweepstakes prize is a dream come true for many people. However, that dream can quickly turn into a nightmare if the win notification was actually a sweepstakes scam. One Yucca Valley resident fell victim to such a fraud recently. The woman was contacted by phone by someone who said she was the winner of a half million dollar sweepstakes prize. All she had to do was send money for processing fees and insurance on the prize. The woman borrowed money from a friend to the tune of $19,530 before she realized she had been scammed. If you are called out of the blue that you won a prize, chances are it’s a scam. You can’t win if you didn’t enter the contest. In addition, legitimate sweepstakes will never ask you to pay fees to participate or to receive a prize. You should never have to pay handling charges, service fees, or any other kind of charges up front to receive a prize—those are sure signs of sweepstakes scams. Report any scams to the Sheriff’s Department.

2 comments to SWEEPSTAKES SCAM VICTIMIZES A YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN

  • Sylvia

    This same scam happened to my elderly mother in Florida. It began because she responded to those fake “you’re a sweepstakes winner” mailings. Then you’re on what law enforcement calls the “sucker list”. They started calling her (from 876 area code, which is Jamaica) and coerced her into loading money onto those “Green Dot MoneyPak” cards that are available at CVS, Walmart, etc. They then would call her to get the numeric code off the back of each card, thus transferring the money to themselves. She lost over $20,000. I made reports to the local Sheriff, the FL Attorney General, the Postal Inspector, and the FBI (nothing helps). After I took over her finances, then they coerced her into walking into her local Social Security office (because by then I had blocked telephone & internet access with Social Security to her account) and they had her re-route her monthly Social Security direct-deposit to go to some bank in Texas. So I had to take over her Social Security as well. They haven’t called her in about two weeks – I prsy that it’s finally over!

  • Sylvia

    please correct my “typo” in my previous post – “pray” not “prsy”!

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