'Sweepstakes Lottery' Scheme Hits Big Bend

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By: Bailey Myers
August 20, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - The number isn't from around here or even this country, and the people behind the phone aren't who they say they are. A WCTV Reporter spoke to them on the phone and explained that she was doing a story on their scheme, but they then insisted that the reporter, was their big winner.

Reporter: "I was just wondering which company you said you worked for."

"The sweepstakes lottery."

After they said they were with the 'sweepstakes lottery' they explained even though the reporter was doing a story on their scheme--- she was the big winner. Then they said in a few moments they would be knocking on her door with her prize.

"You are supposed to receive 2.5 million dollars and a 2013 Mercedes Benz."

The only thing they expect people to do to get their millions is buy around $500-$5,000 dollars worth in money pack green dot cards-- and give them the serial number on the back with the receipt information. They also said, don't worry about telling them your address for the prize delivery- they say they already have it.

A WCTV Reporter confronted them on the issue by asking, "Your stealing the money from the green dot cards and not giving them that $2.5 million dollars. Is that true yes or no?"

"No, no no."

Earlier last week a viewer told WCTV Eyewitness News he had received a call from: 876-288-4483. This week he got two more calls telling him he won the lottery from: 876-571-0638 and 876-386-1363.

Viewer, Larry Connell: "I know other people are going through it and I just pray that they will use common sense and they will not fall for what these people are doing."

Officials from both the Tallahassee Police Department and the Leon County Sheriff's Office and they both explained this sounds like the typical scheme. The best thing to do is notify the authorities on their non-emergency lines.

By Bailey Myers
August 13, 2013

Tallahassee FL- Promises to deliver you millions of dollars, could actually be a plot that ends up costing you thousands of dollars. Earlier this week, WCTV Eyewitness News received a phone call from a concerned viewer about a scheme that sounds promising but is actually a ruse.

So we decided to look into it a little further... The viewer, Larry Connell explained, "They told me that they were with Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes and I had won two and a half million dollars."

The people on the phone weren't who they said they were, and Larry Connell quickly realized this may be too good to be true. Especially when they asked for money in return.

Connell said, "When you're at my door with two and a half million dollars, then I'll give you the $2,500. And that's when they hung up."

The very first thing they are going to ask you to do is take money out of your bank account, and with your money they will ask you to purchase green dot money pak's and once they get the serial number on the back, you're left without your money and without a prize.

The call came from this number: 876-288-4483. The number is registered in Jamaica-- and the man behind the phone refers to himself as Mr. Stephen Douglas. When we looked up this number online dozens of posts popped up, claiming it was a scheme.

Even though it wasn't successful with Connell, the Tallahassee Police Department said these guys just move on to the next person in hopes someone falls for it. Tallahassee Police Department Spokesman, David Northway said, "Immediately contact your police department and let them know that someone is trying to contact you. That would then allow us to begin and try and find the people who are doing this."

TPD told us the best thing to do when someone calls asking for money, or personal information is to contact it's non-emergency lines immediately. That number is (850)-891-4200.

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