Who doesn’t yearn to be blessed with good luck and win fabulous prizes like a country house, a Mercedes Benz or a million dollars, however, criminals are taking advantage of that state of mind to scam you.
Specialists from the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) are warning that scammers take advantage of these times of economic difficulties to defraud those who require an economic injection.
They indicate that you are receiving a call from a person claiming to be speaking on behalf of Publishers Clearing House or another recognized organization. He tells you, “Congratulations, you’ve earned a million dollars, a Mercedes-Benz, and seven thousand dollars a week for life!” or other prizes that look fantastic. She then asks you to pay a “processing fee,” “taxes,” or “shipping and handling” to claim your prize.
The truth is that Publishers Clearing House never notifies winners in advance. And anyone who says “You have won. Now pay us” is always a scammer.
In legitimate sweepstakes you do not have to pay a fee to get your prize. That includes paying “taxes”, “shipping and handling fees” or “processing charges”. There is also no reason for you to give someone your bank account or credit card number in response to a sweepstakes promotion.
Also do not send money transfers, or gift cards, or give out personal information. Sending money transfers or gift cards (or supplying gift card numbers) is the same as sending cash—once you’ve sent money, you can’t trace or retrieve it. The same applies to sending money through the mail or using a money order.
Don’t trust your caller ID. Scammers can make any name or number appear on your caller ID. They could use an official-looking name like Publishers Clearing House or Reader’s Digest.
Scammers are not content with scamming just one person. Tell your friends and family about this type of scam so they can avoid it. Then report it to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.
Today we provide you with the following report so that you can take the best measures and economic decisions.
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