Lots of people dream of winning the lottery. Scammers know this. They take advantage of that dream and make your life a nightmare.
This is what happens: someone calls you or you get a letter or email saying that you are a winner! You have been selected to win a huge amount of money!! Sounds good so far, right? “But,” they say, “there’s only one thing.” They will tell you that before they can give you your winnings, you have to send them money to pay “fees” or “taxes.” Or, you have to give them personal information, such as your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card numbers.
Sadly, many people fall for this. They send the money. Then the crook will say something like, “We made a mistake, you need to send MORE money.” Or, they say they never got the money and demand that you send it again. They will keep demanding more and more money until one day you realize your money is all gone.
These scammers know what they are doing. Once you fall for their trick, they will make your life miserable. Some will even threaten you with violence.
DON’T GET SCAMMED: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Never send money or provide any personal information in response to a phone call or email that says you won a contest. Remember, you can’t win a contest that you did not enter and legitimate sweepstakes never ask for money up front.
If you would like to check out an offer that sounds too good to be true, call the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation at 1-877-624-8551.