The Better Business Bureau has issued a warning about fake sweepstakes prizes after an East Texas man became a victim.
The victim, who asked that his identity not be revealed, said that he was contacted by phone three times over the past two weeks by a person claiming to be with the U.S. Gaming Commission, an agency which does not exist. Each time, he was told that he had won a clearinghouse sweepstakes.
The man was asked to wire $1,300 to an account in the Philippines to cover the taxes on the $500,000 he had won.
"If I had to give advice, I would say don't do anything without the help of a lawyer and make sure that you're notified in writing," the man said. "I think if I had done that I would have avoided what really happened to me."
The Better Business Bureau advises that people not wire money to anyone in exchange for a sweepstakes prize. Anyone who has won a sweepstakes should receive the prize without payment. Also, be careful of unsolicited phone calls or e-mails.
Anyone who has been contacted by an agency like this is asked to call the Better Business Bureau.
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