Hi, I’m calling from the Federal Trade Commission to tell you that you have won $250,000.” Oh, really? The FTC — as in, the nation’s consumer protection agency — is having a sweepstakes?
It’s a scam, says the agency. As if it needed to.
To receive the prize, all you have to do is pay the taxes and insurance. The caller asks you to wire money or send a check for an amount between $1,000 and $10,000. What should you do? Don’t send money or account information, and immediately report the incident to the real Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
The FTC sweepstakes con only the latest in a series of scams that begin with a memorable come-on.
“I can’t believe you fell for that line!”