Tomahawk woman is latest victim of a Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes scam .
According a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, the victim was contacted on the phone by the scammer who told her she won the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes, but in order to claim her prize she needed to send in $3500 to pay for processing and handling. When the scammer learned she had mailed a check he asked for additional money in order for the woman to receive her $8 million prize. The woman sent an additional $4000 money order and two money cards for $500 each.
The woman confessed to her daughter about her supposed windfall and the daughter was able to contact the bank which put stops on the check and money order but the money cards had already been spent.
The general rule is you can never win a contest you did not enter and any legitimate prize will not require you to pay for it in advance.
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