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Don't Get Put on a Scammers Sucker List

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Roger Brink thought he hit the jackpot when he received this letter claiming to be from Publisher's Clearing House. But the sweepstakes promising a car and $850,000 in cash was a fake.

When he called to claim his prize the operator said he needed to send her $6,000 on a prepaid card to cover expenses. He sent in his money but the winnings never arrived because it was all a con."They kept saying 'at 3 o'clock today you'll have everything' - well, they didn't and I don't."

What's even worse Brink could be targeted by scammers again.

"Because there are a lists of people it's called a suckers list."

Sally Greenberg from the National Consumers League says the list is created by con artists overseas. "They make billions of dollars scamming consumers around the world and they trade information."

One piece of information they trade - the names of people who've fallen for previous scams. "The fraudster will call the previous victim and say 'you I know you lost $10,000. For a mere $1,000 we're going to help you get all that money back.' And that should be a red flag that is yet again another scam."

Greenberg says scams involving sweepstakes are very common. Publisher's Clearing House says it never asks winners to pay to claim a prize. Brink learned that lesson the hard way.
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