Sweepstakes scams spread across Valley

Posted at 6:32 AM, Dec 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-05 08:32:34-05

A lot of you have let me know there's still confusion about how to tell real sweepstakes from the fake.

You're getting offers through email, snail mail, even phone calls like Donald who writes:

"I just received a call and he told me it was publishers clearing house calling me about the big prize money I just won. The only thing I had to do to get it was to send about $700 to some place to cover the cost."

We also heard from Sharon who says her dad was told that "he won millions of dollars and a new car."

So he started sending $11.89 a week as a government fee to receive his winnings. Once Sharon found out, she stopped those payments. But there are a lot of our parents and grandparents who haven't gotten the message.

There are legitimate sweepstakes out there. Find out how to find them here.

 But if you have to pay to receive the prize, it’s a scam!

Publishers Clearing House is legit and the drawing is coming up soon which is why we may be seeing these take off scams now.

But assuming you have entered, your chances of winning the big prize is 1 in 1.7 billion. Which means you probably won't win. And definitely won't win if you didn't sign up.

Whatever you do don't send any money to people you don't know because once it's gone, it's gone!

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