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Scam Tag: Prize & Grant Scams

“You’ve won! Now pay us” is always a scam. (Blog Post)

During these difficult economic times, it is easy to imagine our financial problems disappearing by winning a big prize. Who wouldn’t like to win a million dollars, a new car, or a vacation home? But if you get a call from someone saying, “You’ve.

Winners are losers in lottery & sweepstakes scams (Blog Post)

You get a card, call, or email telling you that you won! Maybe it’s a lottery, sweepstakes, or some other prize. The person calling is excited and can’t wait for you to get your winnings.

But here’s what happens next: they tell you there’s.

Publishers Clearing House imposters keep coming (Blog Post)

Who wouldn’t love to be that winner you see on TV holding a great big sweepstakes check? That’s what con artists are counting on when they claim to be Publishers Clearing House. This trick is an oldie but goodie for scammers.

A government program that pays your bills? (Blog Post)

Have you heard about a government program that will pay your monthly bills for an up-front payment or processing fee? Here’s a short version of the rest of this post: It’s a scam. Don’t do it.

We’ve heard that this scam is happening in.

Did you get a call from area code (876)? (Blog Post)

Ring, ring… you get a call from a number starting with area code (876). They call to say you’ve won the “Mega Millions” Jamaican lottery, and you could even win a car! All you have to do is pay a few thousand bucks in taxes or fees, and the big.

Prize Scams (Article)

You’ve just won $5,000! Or $5 million. Or maybe it’s a fabulous diamond ring, or luxury vacation? More likely, it’s a prize scam, and you’ll find the prize isn’t worth much — if you get a prize at all. Here’s one way to think about it: if you.

Government Grant Scams (Article)

“Because you pay your income taxes on time, you have been awarded a free $12,500 government grant! To get your grant, simply give us your checking account information, and we will direct-deposit the grant into your bank account!”

Spot and avoid scams and unfair, deceptive, and fraudulent business practices with tips from the FTC, America’s consumer protection agency.


Via email or other forms of social media, scammers can reach out to you that you have won a large sum of money in a (special) lottery draw or sweepstake

By using brand names, addresses and logo’s of existing lotteries, these scammers try to mislead you and want you to believe that their message is genuine. When you respond to these messages, you are often asked to share your personal banking details (codes etc) or to pay money to receive your ‘winnings’. Responding by phone can lead to exuberant phone costs.

These messages from a ‘lottery’ you never participated in and claiming that you won a big amount of ARE A SCAM. Make sure you have no further contact with the sender and never give any personal information and never pay money to claim your prize. Legal Lotteries as all Members of the European Lotteries do not work in this way. You cannot win in a lottery or sweepstake you did not participate in.

The list the Members of the European Lotteries is available on the page Member Lotteries.

Via email or other forms of social media, scammers can reach out to you that you have won a large sum of money in a (special) lottery draw or sweepstake, plain ]]>