Nebraskans are being warned about a mail scam that patterns itself after the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes.
The letter says you’ve won a big prize and to claim it, you’ll need to pay taxes on the winnings in advance. Beatrice Police Lieutenant Mike Oliver says don’t fall for it.
“There’s hardly a day that goes by that we don’t get a call about a possible scam,” Oliver says. “It’s that prevalent.” Some Nebraskans are getting the letters in their mailboxes along with what appears to be a cashier’s check for a large sum of money.
Oliver says the letters offer a clue. “If you look at the language and how it’s written, it’s not very professionally written,” he says. “I’m guessing if somebody from the International Lottery actually was going to be sending something out, it would’ve been proof-read.”
Oliver says there are a variety of schemes being employed through the mail and on the phone seeking to steal your money or get your financial information.
“We’ve got the grandchild in jail/send me bail money, there’s the publisher’s clearinghouse, the lottery. We have utility scams,” he says. “There’s so many, it’s hard to keep track of.”
If you’re contacted by a suspected scammer, get a call-back number, ask where they’re from, or just hang up and contact your local law enforcement office.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice