Watch For Scams Disguised As Contest Winnings

As St. Patrick’s Day draws near, the Better Business Bureau reminds consumers to be cautious of claims they’ve won a pot of gold.

Scammers use major holidays, big events and disasters as an opportunity to target consumers and lure them into scams.

Sweepstakes scams are so popular because they play on consumer’s emotions and dreams of financial freedom.  

Beware of winning offers with red flags such as:  

·    People that ask for detailed personal information.
·    You don’t remember entering a contest.
·    You’re asked to forward a portion of the money received back to the sender or to another company to pay for taxes or shipping fees.

The Better Business Bureau says to check out the business on to check out the details of a company making an offer.

Don't pay to collect winnings and be aware of look alikes. Many scammers use names of government agencies and well known organizations.

They also say, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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