Maybe someone said you’ve won the lottery, a prize or sweepstakes.
Are you tempted to play “The Circle Game,” join a “Blessing Loom,” or jump on a “Money Board”?
Scammers may try to use you to move stolen money. If you help them, you could be what law enforcement calls a money mule.
Recently, someone showed up at the door of the FTC to ask about his prize. He had a mailing saying he’d won $5 million – and the FTC had “certified and verified” it.
You get a card, call, or email telling you that you won! Maybe it’s a lottery, sweepstakes, or some other prize. The person calling is excited and can’t wait for you to get your winnings.
If someone claiming to be with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) contacts you and asks you to send money, it’s a scam. Do not pay.
Did you lose money to a scammer who had you pay using Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017?