BENTON, AR-if you receive a call from somebody claiming to be with Publishers Clearing House, or the MGM Casino in Las Vegas, beware.
According to the Benton police, at least two people have been told they had won a contest where they were randomly selected for prizes including a new car and a cashier’s check for $455,000.
The potential victims then started to ask more questions about the contest and was directed to different people, including an alleged president of UPS who was in charge of the winner’s delivery.
Upon further questioning, the callers became angry and hung up.
Although the callers didn’t get to the point of asking for personal information, they did try to confirm addresses.
According to police, it’s possible their goal was to obtain other data.
It is also possible with these types of calls that the subjects were attempting to determine if residents were home or not so that criminal activity could be conducted while they were away.
Scams like this commonly involve using online sites such as Craigslist or EBay, and sometimes the scammers will pretend to be a financial institution.
Remember to never give out your personal information, especially credit card or social security numbers, over the phone.
It’s a good idea to tell them you will contact them back, and then call their company phone number to see if they are legitimate.
The old adage is true in cases like these, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably isn’t.”
According to investigators, you should go with your instinct in these cases and if you have any doubts about their legitimacy, contact the police department.