Joyce Flick of Westminster has gotten several scam letters in her mailbox this season. This one claims it's from an official state of Colorado office. Turns out that office doesn't exist!
Remember... just because something looks like an official notice and says it's an official notice... don't believe it... especially one that claims you're guaranteed cash payments of more than $3million! The State of Colorado Commissioners of Registration is a made up name. This scam offer is from Prize Information Bureau out of Las Vegas, Nevada.
To find out more you have to mail in $20... but don't waste your time and energy, the stamp, nor the twenty bucks. The only thing you're guaranteed after mailing in the money, that you'll keep getting more notices demanding even more cash. The notice has a disclaimer in tiny print, but it's very vague.
The good news is the Federal Trade Commission has charged the company in federal court. It says Prize Information Bureau doesn't make it clear ... you haven't won anything. The group will only send you information on how to enter sweepstakes. Can you say misleading with a capital M!
The FTC has charged Prize Information Bureau with violating Section 5 of the FTC Act. It's seeking a temporary restraining order, a preliminary injunction, and a freeze of the company's assets. We'll keep you posted.
Thanks to Annie Cook for letting me know about this one. If you get a sweepstakes offer you want me to check out ... just send it to me at the station address: KKTV, 3100 North Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80907. Remember this, I would much rather check out an offer, than have to tell you you've been scammed.
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