TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – The Miami County Sheriff’s Office took to social media Tuesday warning people of yet another scam making the rounds.
The Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post, law enforcement has noticed a rise in a scam involving the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. This scam has been seen in Dayton and the Cincinnati areas and originates out of West Africa.
The Sheriff’s Office says the people running the scam are very believable and will make the person feel they have won a large sum of money. The victim will be contacted by telephone or email, and the subjects involved keep a script, so when they contact the victim again the victim feels that a record has been kept and makes them feel more comfortable.
Several thousands of dollars have been lost by this scam, according to authorities. Law enforcement says many victims genuinely believe they have won and are going to receive a large sum of money, and have a hard time with law enforcement telling them it’s a scam.
The next step they will inform them that they have won several thousands of dollars, and then inform them that they will have to send money in. Authorities say to remember not to send money in to win money. Victims have sent money believing that they have won, and are often asked to send money cards or transfer funds.
Authorities also warn of another scam reaching across the United States on dating sites. These subjects target victims and request money which they say will be used for airfare, visa fees, and other travel accommodations. The subjects will use very attractive photos to lure in their victims.
Law enforcement says victims are reluctant to report these crimes because they are embarrassed.
Reports have shown that family members will do all they can to hide what they are doing because of that embarrassment or the belief that they have won.
Authorities say it is important to remember that these scams are well scripted and planned out and involve numerous people working together to commit these crimes.