Central KY Police Warn About Sweepstakes Scam

Authorities in Madison County are warning people to be on the look out for a scam.

Police say someone lost nearly five thousand dollars on a sweepstakes scam. The victim was told they were the winner of the sweepstakes, but that they had to pay taxes first in order to get the winnings.

The person was told to cash an advance check for the winnings, then send nearly half that amount for taxes.

The check from the Trinity Financial Award Company of Ontario, Canada was fake.

The Richmond police department is asking that you contact local police for assistance if you ever think something is a scam.

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  • by Sandra Grauschopf Location: Maryland on Apr 30, 2008 at 04:57 AM
    The sad thing is that these scams play on the people who are most desperate for hope, for something good in their lives. And yet, because the scammers are so well-organized and because the crime can only happen to willing participants, it just can't be a top priority for overworked and underfunded police forces. Luckily, there are some easy ways to differentiate real wins from scams. The top warning signs of sweepstakes scams, for example, are really helpful to know: http://contests.about.com/od/conttestscams/tp/sweepstakefraud.htm
  • by c Location: fkt on Apr 15, 2008 at 04:55 AM
    I would like to know when the Attorney General's office is going to get off their butts & start going after these scam artist! Steve, you're right, if it sounds too good to be true, then it usually is! Don't pay anyone any money upfront. If you're a winner, have them take it out of your winnings! That will stop them dead in their tracks! I've told several that very thing & I haven't heard back from them! Remember there is nothing in this life free or easy..so just get use to it!
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Apr 14, 2008 at 02:08 PM
    Rule of thumb: if it sounds like a God-send, it's NOT! Ignore it and throw it away. If it's unsolicited mail, THROW IT AWAY. If it's an unsolicited phone call, HANG UP ON THEM. You will be better off in the long run.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2008 at 08:41 AM
    what a sucker, I don't feel sorry for people who get burned on silly scams, if it's too good to be true it usually is.
  • by Robert Location: Richmond on Apr 14, 2008 at 08:40 AM
    When will people figure all this out and realize these things dont happen


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