On Your Side: Sweepstakes scams warning

Published: Jun. 10, 2021 at 5:32 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 10:20 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) -We’ve all thought about it. What it would be like to win a sweepstakes.

Would you quit your job? Move to the beach?

Crooks know we all want to win. A new study shows more people are falling for this classic scam.

Turns out, more people fell for it during the pandemic, compared to the last three years. A Better Business Bureau study shows people lost a lot of money. We’re talking thousands of dollars. Crooks call and say you’ve won, but want you to pay a fee.

“We take it very seriously. It causes us great anger and great concern,” said Chris Irving with Publishers Clearing House.

PCH prizes are free. You don’t have to pay to enter.

“No payment, tax, any transfer fee, any amount is not necessary to win that prize. We do not call our winners before, ahead of time. The surprise faces you see in our commercials are real, as it happened,” said Irving.

The study by the Better Business Bureau says: The confinement and isolation many older people experienced during COVID-19 may have helped fuel the increase in losses.

“Most of the people who fell for this used to be the number one financial provider in their household. They thought they found an amazing way to continue to support their family after retirement,” said Stephanie Garland with the Better Business Bureau.

Most sweepstakes have entry deadlines. If you entered in something years ago and get a call about it do not be optimistic. It’s probably a scam.

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