There is an uptick in scammers posing as a familiar Brand or government agency. These imposters try to get money from unsuspecting consumers by running illegal sweepstakes and prize promotions and trading on the good reputation of known names (i.e., Publishers Clearing House, Reader’s Digest, American Express, Oprah, Ellen, IRS, or Federal Trade Commission to name just a few). Scammers will call, mail, email or post a fake profile on Facebook asking money from consumers to “win” their grand prize.
- Remember — no purchase necessary to enter or “win” your prize.
- The federal government does not conduct any sweepstakes.
- If you’re not sure if the offer is actually real – go to the official company’s website and contact customer service.