A woman identified only as "Mary" received a call claiming that her name had been pulled from a list of Readers Digest subscribers to receive a grand prize of $50,000. This was a very convincing call, especially since they actually sent Mary roses to congratulate her on her "win." However, there was no prize -- the call was a scam all along.
The caller told Mary that she would have to send them $45 to receive her win. As you might know, this is a red flag that immediately indicates the call is a scam.
Mary used *69 on her telephone to see where the call was coming from, and it indicated that the so-called Reader's Digest agent was calling from a pay phone. That's not very likely at all.
Because the callers are only asking for $45, a lot of people might fall for this scam. However, that will be $45 that those people will never see again.
Mary stated that "you don't get something for nothing," but that's not really what this scam was about. This scam was about getting a lot for a little. We sweepers know that you CAN get something for nothing -- or for only the time it takes to enter sweepstakes -- but it's important to know how to separate the scams from the legitimate wins.
As a refresher, here are some important articles to help keep you safe from sweepstakes scams:
Don't Fall for Sweepstakes Scams: