The Better Business Bureau serving Utah has received a call from a consumer notifying us that a man called her from the Washington DC area, alerting her that she had won 6.8 million dollars, of which $180,000 would go to taxes. All the man needed was her banking information. He stated he worked for the BBB in Washington, DC.
The caller does not work for the BBB, but is using the BBB's trusted name to scam banking information from callers. The BBB urges extreme caution.
The BBB offers these reminders regarding all telephone calls:
Think before you give out personal information. Do not give out personal information to anyone over the phone, unless you initiate the call and know who you are calling. This includes bank account numbers, social security numbers, PIN's or any other like information.
Don’t fall for sweepstakes or lottery calls. If you have won a sweepstakes or lottery you have to enter and you won’t get a call asking for banking information!
Check with BBB. BBB advises anyone receiving a questionable call, email or letter to verify first!
For more information on how consumers and businesses can protect themselves against scams, or to find reputable businesses visit www.utah.bbb.org, like us on FaceBook http://www.facebook.com/UtahBBB or follow us on Twitter, https://twitter.com/UtahBBB.