Like the old saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
That’s the message area police are sending out to people as a number of scams have been hitting the area.
Kokomo police said one person reported a scam where a caller said the person had won a Reader’s Digest Sweepstakes for $850,000, but would need to provide a $300 check to claim the money, Capt. Chris Smith said.
Smith said fortunately, a relative stopped the person before a check was sent.
Indiana State Police say another, similar scam involving a caller claiming to represent the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes has surfaced in southeastern Indiana and could very well be occurring statewide. Though not a new scam, it has been successful for the scammers in other areas of the country. As part of the scam, a caller will phone a citizen and say they have placed second or third in the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes and have won hundreds of thousands of dollars, and they are asked to wire money via Western Union to cover taxes and processing fees.
This is a scam, state police warn.
The actual Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes winners are never contacted by phone and they do not have to pay any money up front to receive their cash prize.
The following are other scams reported in the area:
• Fake FBI Scam: Scammers identify themselves as the FBI and accuse a citizen of viewing or distributing pornographic or copyrighted content and seek money to clear the computer or request the victim pay a fine to avoid prosecution.
• Affordable Care Act Scam: Scammers call to confirm eligibility or want to send you an insurance card and seek to collect personal information such as bank account and social security numbers. Scammers use the information to open credit accounts and for other illegal purposes.