These people are very professional and convincing. You can call them back at their toll-free number, have the telephone answered by an employee who says that you've reached the Department of Consumer Affairs, and speak to (supposedly) the same person you spoke to the first time, or who left a message on your answering machine.
Note that this ruse violates a number of the Top Signs that Your Win is Really a Sweepstakes Scam:
- You have to pay to receive your prize.
- You are rushed into making a decision (you have to respond within 48 hours to receive your money)
- The notification is from a "government organization."
As much as we all dream of winning big sweepstakes, it is easy to want to believe someone who sounds confident and trustworthy. However, staying smart and checking to see if a win fits the signs of a scam will keep you safe and protect you from being scammed out of your money.