How the Scam Works:
You get a call from someone claiming you won a lottery. Your prize is $500,000, but you need to pay $5,000 for "delivery insurance" first. The caller assures you that this is a real prize and even directs you to the "US Consumer Protection Bureau" website to verify its legitimacy.
You decide to check out the offer, so you go to the website and call the phone number at the bottom. An "agent" answers and asks if you are calling about a lottery. He/She offers to check out your $500,000 prize, and, sure enough, verifies that you are real lottery winner.
Don't fall for it! This lottery scam has an extra layer of deception. The website and the "Consumer Protection Bureau" are fake and just part of the scam. The bureau doesn't exist, and the address given on the fake website is really for BBB's office in Arlington, Va.
Tips to Protect Yourself From a Sweepstakes Scam:
Lottery and sweepstakes scams are common. Here are tips to avoid them:
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