Today I received a call from a man, who had a slight accent, who said he was from the U.S. Gaming Board. I didn’t know exactly what that was, and he said it is the national board that handles prize and contest winnings.
He informed me that back in December, I had entered a contest, and actually won $750,000. I was supposed to have received three notifications about this, and why didn’t I respond? Ha! Really?
I decided right away that this was a scam, and told him so. He was very persuasive, and said that of course, he would never scam anyone. I said that next he would be asking me for money. ‘Well ‘ma’am, actually to be honest with you, we do need to make sure that your money will be insured by Brinks, and that it gets to you safely, and you will need to deposit $1,000 for us to insure the money.’ I said I didn’t have $1,000, and he said it was okay, that I could do it in increments.
I told him just to send the money to my door, but by that time he had hung up. I figured that if I had entered a contest, he would of course have my address (which I knew he didn’t have).
I called the police non-emergency number to ask if I should report this call. (520 866 5111). An officer who handles fraud cases like this called back. He said it is shocking how many people fall for this scam, and send money. Then send more money. They drain their bank accounts, just to get what the caller offers. He says that one of these companies originates in Jamaica. That would account for the slight accent I heard. He the FBI is already investigating.
The whole point of this letter is: DO NOT FALL FOR CALLS LIKE THIS!! If anyone asks you for money so they can send you money, or it seems too good to be true, then it IS too good to be true! How many times have we been warned about these kinds of scams? Do not give any information over the phone or by mail, or internet. Too many people give bank account numbers, social security numbers, addresses, date of birth, etc. Do not give credit account numbers, or debit card numbers.
Be smart! Protect yourself and your precious personal information. If you have an elderly relative or neighbor that might fall prey to one of these criminals, take the time to warn them, and make sure they understand!
/s/ La Norma Raaum