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Sunday, May 29, 2022

Scammers Use Prizes, Sweepstakes to Get Your Attention

CHICO – For someone who hasn’t bought a lottery ticket in at least eight years, I definitely think a lot about what I’ll do with the money when I finally win.

However, I do occasionally partake in online music gear giveaways, as long as they’re apparently powered by sources I trust and backed by well-known brands. I never win over extra junk mail trying to sign me up for other, sketchier contests.

People who frequently play the lottery or sign up for sweepstakes are perfect targets for scammers who pretend to be prize-bearers, happy to tell you that all your problems should be solved by them. Being solved with one of the big Happy Gilmore checks.

The Federal Trade Commission breaks down how rewards scams work.

Typically, targets are contacted via email, by phone, or with a letter informing them that they have won a prize such as the lottery or a new car.

The good news is that you’ll be able to tell if it’s a scam pretty quickly, either because you haven’t entered Jack’s or because of the last telltale sign: They want money.

Ah yes, but of course, if you play the lottery or prize sweepstakes, you’ve already paid by purchasing tickets. I mean, it’s not really a prize if you have to pay for it now, is it?

Some scammers try to evade this by asking for banking information instead of requesting money straight out the gate. It’s a bit more ambiguous because if the prize is money, of course they need to know where to move it, right?

Unfortunately, that’s not how it works. Many people have found justification in that statement to voluntarily hand over their personal information, only to find that the prize is for the scammer, not them.

The Federal Trade Commission asks that anyone who thinks they may have encountered such a scam, or that God provided money to scammers, to file a report at reportfrd.ftc.gov.

Additionally, if the scam came by mail, you can report it at uspis.gov/report.

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