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Published October 06, 2009, 01:16 PM

Law Enforcement Receive Reports of a Telephone Scam

Local law enforcement authorities have received reports of a telephone scam. Victims are targeted by telephone callers who identify themselves members of the Federal Trade Commission. The caller leaves a contact number advising the recipient has won a large sweepstakes drawing in Las Vegas.

Local law enforcement authorities have received reports of a telephone scam.

Victims are targeted by telephone callers who identify themselves members of the Federal Trade Commission. The caller leaves a contact number advising the recipient has won a large sweepstakes drawing in Las Vegas. Victims are provided with additional telephone numbers to “confirm” their winnings and further induce their involvement in the scam.

Suspects request the victims wire transfer a sum of money, usually in the multiple thousands of dollars to ensure their “financial eligibility to receive their winnings.” Banks, Western Union outlets and money gram businesses are aware of the scam and try to assist victims by advising caution before wiring money.

Anyone receiving a telephone call of this nature or who suspect they are being scammed in any fashion should make a report with their local law enforcement agency. Authorities warn people to be very careful about providing personal information or responding to any unsolicited requests of this nature.

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