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Shrewd senior alerts others to bogus sweepstakes scam

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The official-looking notice entices many to send cash to 'get cash.' (Source: WAFF) The official-looking notice entices many to send cash to 'get cash.' (Source: WAFF)
ARDMORE, AL (WAFF) -

Scammers are at it again - this time they're using the mail, with a sweepstakes offer many may find hard to refuse.

At first glance, things look official. The letter is addressed to you with your full name with an offer that seems legitimate... but it's not even close to being real.

The mailer, from “Worldwide Notification Partners,” claims you are a guaranteed cash prize winner of more than $3,000,000 but you have to act fast or time will run out.

By the way - you only qualify by sending in $20 of your own money first.

Ardmore resident Margaret Smith said she had never heard of the company before, but they kept bombarding her with offer after offer in the mail.

"Of course I hadn't entered anything, so I knew they wouldn't give me any money," said Smith. "How they got my name and address, I have no earthly idea."

However, The Better Business Bureau has heard of the company, which is why they've given it an “F” rating.

The truth is you haven't really won anything, you'll lose your money and even more of your privacy from telemarketers because your personal information will get sold.

"They can sell that information to other telemarketers and the people who do reply are going to see a huge increase in other types of offers like this," said Michele Mason with the Better Business Bureau. "If you get anything at all, it's just a list of sweepstakes that might have unclaimed funds and you're just buying into the chance of getting some of that money."

Smith really believes she was targeted as a senior citizen because she is on a fixed income and could use the money. She said maybe they thought she wouldn't be as sharp to detect the scam.

She proved she was sharp, and here's how you can be. Always remember: If you never entered a sweepstakes, why would you be selected to win one?

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