Falling victim to this scam can result in more than just one unauthorized credit card charge. Significant financial loss and identity theft of varying degrees are also be very real possibilities with a scam like this, depending on how much information is given or the lengths a scammer is willing to go.
1. Do not provide personal information to claim ‘prizes’ or to sign up for free trials from unfamiliar services.
2. Never pay to get something that’s “free”. A true sweepstakes will not make its winner pay fees.
3. Check your bank statements and credit cards on a regular basis for unauthorized charges.
4. If a company name is provided, go to bbb.org/mississippi or call your local BBB serving Mississippi office at 601-398-1700 or 800-987-82800 to check out the business before moving forward.
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