It might not be the smartest rouse for a scam, but the state Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation is warning consumers callers pretending to be from their office are asking for money so some mythical winnings can be collected.
A woman on Friday received a voice mail from a man who said he was from the Consumer Affairs office. She called back and was told to pay $360 for insurance to collect $300,000.
"This is a new iteration of an age old scam that preys on consumers trust and pocketbooks," Consumer Affairs chief Barbara Anthony said. "These scam artists are clever individuals who have done their homework on our office. Consumers should be aware of these phone calls and never give out any personal information or hand over any money. Our office will never call you asking for money."
If you receive such a call, report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357) or on the FTC site.
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