Wyoming Sheriff Warns Residents of Recurring Scams

sweetwater-county-sheriff-3Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell today warned citizens of two telephone scams circulating.  Haskell says his office has received a number of reports on a recurrence of the Green Dot scam.  He says people are being told by telephone callers that they have won nearly half a million dollars in the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes, but need to first put a fee on a Green Dot card for so-called ‘processing expenses.’ Once the victim has purchased the card, he provides the scammer with the card number and the money disappears.  Haskell said at least one person has fallen victim over the last week, losing $350.  Bogus Jamaican Lottery scam calls are also making the rounds again. Here the caller tells his would-be victim that he has won a huge sum in the Jamaican Lottery, but must pay a tax or processing fee, usually hundreds of dollars, before he can collect his winnings. Once again, the intended victim is instructed to put the sum on a Green Dot debit card, then provide the card information in order to collect.  When addressing both scams, Haskell said, “If it sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly is.”