From Ben Ritchey@1:2320/100 to All on Wed Sep 28 10:31:28 2016
AARP Fraud Watch
Sweepstakes Scams: Coming to a Mailbox Near You
Get a personalized letter promising wealth and good fortune? It may be a scam.
How it Works:
* Scam artists send mass-produced form letters to thousands of recipients
every month. The mailing might inform you that you have won a million
dollar prize, but that you need to pay a fee or a tax in advance to
receive the funds. You pay the fee, and then receive nothing.
What You Should Know:
* The United States Postal Service and U.S. Department of Justice are
warning consumers about this type of fraud. They advise consumers never to
send money in order to receive sweepstakes or lottery winnings - consumers
are never required to pay money to receive these kinds of awards.
What You Should Do:
* If you get a suspicious letter, or think you may be a victim of a fraud
scheme, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at
www.ftc.gov/complaint  . You can read more about sweepstakes scams here
And remember, you can’t “win” a sweepstakes or lottery that you didn’t enter!
And please share this alert with friends and family.
Fraud Watch Network
P.S. Spotted a scam? Tell us about it. Our scam-tracking map gives you information about the latest scams targeting people in your state.
You’ll also find first-hand accounts from scam-spotters who are sharing their experiences so you know how to protect yourself and your family. 
The AARP Fraud Watch Network connects you to the latest information about ID theft and fraud so you can safeguard your personal information and your pocketbook.
Visit the site › 
If you or someone you know has been a victim of identity theft or fraud, contact the AARP Foundation Fraud Fighter Center at 877-908-3360.
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Share this alert with your family and friends so they know how to spot the common strategies scammers use and have the tools they need to defend themselves against their tricks.
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