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SWEEPSTAKES LOTTERY SCAM ACTIVITY INCREASES NATIONWIDE DURING HOLIDAY SEASON
December 14, 2010

SWEEPSTAKES LOTTERY SCAM ACTIVITY INCREASES NATIONWIDE DURING HOLIDAY SEASON

SCAMS TARGETING YAKIMA AREA ELDERLY

All across the nation, BBBs partnered with local media are reporting incidences of victimization by scammers against people who seem more desperate than usual to “cash in on winnings…” Only, the calls and winnings are fake and there is nothing monetary coming to the victims but grief.

In our own area, the Olympian recently reported that Yakima officials/law enforcement has sweepstakes scam calls on their radar, and that people are falling for them.

SWEEPSTAKES SCAM CALL REPORT

Yakima police are warning of a fraud scheme in which the criminals pose as FBI agents and police officers. Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/2010/12/07/1466059/police-say-scam-artists-pose-as.html#storylink=mirelated#ixzz186V3GP2w

GAMES OF CHANCE

BBB recently received a call from a Yakima gentleman who is alarmed by a mailing he received from a NY-based company called Awards Payments Direct that stated he won a large sum of money but he needed to send them $19 to process it. He relays that the mailing is so incredibly well done and professional looking, he worried about other people falling for it.

The company is:

Award Payment
Data Release Division
PO Box 9035
Jericho, NY 11753

Also with an Issuance office located in:

Issuances Office
Proceedings Director
PO Box 9000
East Meadows, NY 11554-9000

BBB Business Review:

http://www.bbb.org/new-york-city/business-reviews/sweepstakes/the-reporting-center-in-jericho-ny-91395/

BBB ADVICE

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt167.shtm