An old phone scam is making a comeback. You get a call, purportedly from the Make-a-Wish Foundation, that says you’ve won a sweepstakes. You stand to collect $350,000. All you need to do is wire them a payment for "taxes" or "insurance" in order to collect your money. A variation involves them requesting a credit number and expiration date so that they can “charge your account.” The better scammers even give you phone numbers with legit sounding area codes you can call to "verify" the insurance or tax charges being requested. The phone numbers provided, of course, are those of other persons involved in the scam.
What’s wrong with this picture?
1. You don’t remember entering such a contest;
2. They’re asking for money that you must pay upfront before you can claim your “prize.”
A retired teacher in Pennsylvania lost $23,000 to this scam.
How can you protect yourself? The old advice is still true: if it sounds too good to be true, it’s not true. Here’s that same advice, but in modern terms:
IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT’S A SCAM!