BIZ blog: You've just won $8.5 million — Not!Better Business Bureau warns of bogus winnings.
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You've just won $8.5 million -- Not!
So it's a day like any other day until you get the call. You've just won a new car or millions of dollars! You just need to wire them several hundred dollars or provide your bank account information to cover fees on the winnings.
Of course you shouldn't. It's a scam, says the Better Business Bureau.
The bureau in Minnesota and North Dakota are warning consumers about such calls from a company called Global International. The bureau says callers from the company tell people they've won $8.5 million and then give them a Better Business Bureau "Code of Approval," needed to claim their prize.
I would imagine the BBB, a crusader against scams, is particularly miffed that they're using the BBB name. BBB is not affiliated with any lottery or sweepstakes, and it has no "Code of Approval."
"Consumers should be aware that if they ever receive a call from someone claiming to be with or associated with the BBB, telling them they've won a prize, it's a scam 100 percent of the time," Dana Badgerow, BBB's regional CEO, said in a statement.
The scam has several variations. In one case, a mark -- I mean, a consumer -- was told a courier had a check for $1.5 million waiting for them at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. But first they had to wire $175 to an address in Jamaica. According to BBB, a lot of these scams originate in Jamaica.
--of phone calls telling you you've won something.
--of being pressured to send money.
--of being asked to wire money or write personal checks to pay fees for winnings.
I'll spare you their advice that if something sounds too good to be true, it is. Surely, you've heard that one before.