U.S. Postal inspector warning about sweepstakes scams - Tucson News Now

U.S. Postal inspector warning about sweepstakes scams

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The saying goes if it is too good to be true, it most likely is. 

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is reminding the public to be aware of sweepstakes scams. It all starts with a piece of mail that comes to the resident's home, which states they have won a large amount of money or a luxury car or some other large prize. Scams like this can also be done via email or by phone.

Postal inspectors say the prizes can range from $2.5 million to $3 million, and once the person responds to the mailing, they are continually harassed with phone calls and other mailings from suspects.

One major point to look out for possible sweepstakes scams is if the 'winner' is asked to pay a fee in order to claim their prize.  It is not a legitimate sweepstakes. 

Scams like this have cost the victims, mainly the elderly several thousand dollars. 

According to U.S. Postal Inspectors many victims are embarrassed to come forward and report it, which is the best way to combat these scams - report it immediately to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. 

For assistance in reporting a scam, go online to http://deliveringtrust.com/where-to-turn-for-help.php  

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