If you get a phone call congratulating you for winning the Random House Sweepstakes, hang up! It's a crook angling to get your cash.

     Thanks to Howard Myers of Teller County.  He got a call this morning and knew a crook was on the other end.  He called me... so I could warn you about this scam.  The caller told Howard he worked for Random House and congratulated him for winning $350,000 in the Random House Sweepstakes.  Howard was told his prize money would be distributed tomorrow... but there was a catch!  He had to wire 1% of his winnings, $3,500 to cover taxes and fees.

     Howard asked the man for his name and phone number and hung up.  He then called Random House and learned there wasn't a sweepstakes and the whole thing was a scam.  You have to give the crook credit for being inventive... he used the name William Forbes... knowing that folks may have heard of Steve Forbes or of Forbes Magazine.  Also, Random House is a prestigious name... it's just the world's largest trade book publisher. 

     Just remember, a crook will always come up with familiar names and circumstances... but there's always one huge red flag...  HE'S AFTER YOUR CASH!  Don't give it to him to pay for taxes or any other plausible-sounding reason.  Be smart and hang onto your hard-earned dollars.



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