Police: Woman defrauded of $1800 in sweepstakes scheme

Police: Woman defrauded of $1800 in sweepstakes scheme

Police: Woman defrauded of $1800 in sweepstakes scheme

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by ELIZABETH THOMAS / WCNC.com

WCNC.com

Posted on June 3, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 3 at 11:32 AM

MONROE, N.C. -- Authorities say a woman in Monroe is out nearly $2000 after being fraudulently told she had won the Publisher's Clearing House sweepstakes.

Mid-evening on Saturday, Monroe Police visited the home the female victim in response to a fraud investigation.

The victim told authorities she'd been contacted and told she'd won a prize from Publisher's Clearing House.

She continued that the subject told her she needed to cover the taxes for the prize, and she proceeded to give the subject two credit card numbers to pay the "taxes" in the amount of $1855.

The North Carolina Attorney General's Office says "it's against the law to require a prepayment on any sweepstakes or cash prize".

Monroe Police are investigating.

If you spot a scam, report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or filing a complaint online at www.ncdoj.gov.

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