The Better Business Bureau of Kansas, Incorporated wants to inform consumers of the recent increase of phone scams. Kansans throughout the state have been receiving phone calls stating they have won a large sum of money from a Lottery or drawing.
Recently a caller identified themselves as the “BBB” and told the consumer “they had won a cash prize and wanted to verify their information so it could be sent to them. “ The caller also referred to the “BBB as being a government Agency.”
Consumers are also told that someone will come to their home to deliver the money. This statement has concerned many callers.
They also ask that the consumer wire money to them for legal fees, taxes, processing fees, etc.
The Better Business Bureau does not assist in verifying prize winners nor are we a government or legal agency.
The Better Business Bureau recommends that if you receive this type of call that you do not give out any personal information to the caller.
The statement “that they will be coming to your home to deliver your winning prize” is a tactic to get the consumer to give them personal information and to get the consumer to wire the money quickly hoping they won’t think twice about.
You should never have to pay money for monies you have won.
Consumers can register their phone number with the “DO NOT CALL” list at 1-888-382-1222. If you have any questions you can contact the BBB at 1-800-856-2417 or 316-263-3146.
About The Better Business Bureau:
The BBB system has grown to become the most recognized name and advocate for promoting trust in the marketplace. In support of voluntary self-regulation, consumer and business education, and service excellence, the BBB System maintains a database with reports on almost three million businesses and provided more than 100 million instances of service to consumers and businesses in 2006. For more information on the BBB system, visit www.bbb.org.
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