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Anderson Co. deputies warn about prize scam

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The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office reported that an elderly woman in Anderson lost several thousand dollars to a scam artist claiming the victim had won $2.5 million dollars and a brand new 2016 BMW.

Deputies said the victim received an email from an organization entitled "American Senior Citizens Sweepstakes Company," indicating that she was the winner in their prize contest.  

Deputies said the email was followed by numerous calls from alleged representatives of the company, telling her she needed to ‘act fast’ or else she would lose the prize.  

According to deputies, over the course of a month, the victim spoke with several individuals who pressured her into sending money grams, money cards and money orders to various locations in the US in order to assure the delivery of the prize.

The Sheriff’s Office is warning people to be extremely cautious of this type of fraudulent communication.

"If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If they continue to call and hassle you, call your local law enforcement agency. We'll be glad to call them back for you!" Sheriff John Skipper said. 

The following is a list of tips offered by the Federal Trade Commission in order to prevent becoming a victim of a scam: 

  • Don’t wire or send money to accept a prize, ever. If you have to pay for a prize, it’s not a prize.
  • Never give callers financial or personal information. Don’t give out sensitive information such as your credit card or Social Security number, unless you absolutely know who you’re dealing with.
  • Don’t trust a name or number. Fraudsters use official-sounding names to make you trust them. To make a phone call seem legitimate, scammers use technology to disguise where they are calling from. Even though it may look like they’re dialing from a legitimate U.S. location, they could be anywhere in the world.
  • Put your number on the National Do Not Call Registry. This won’t stop fraudsters from calling, but it should make you skeptical of random calls. Most legitimate sales people generally honor the Do Not Call list. Scammers ignore it. Register your phone number at www.donotcall.gov.
  • Report the scam. If you get a call from a government imposter or someone attempting a sweepstakes scam, file a complaint with your local law enforcement agency and the FTC at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov.

Anyone interested in more information or to sign up for SCAM ALERTS should visit the FTC website

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