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Sweepstakes & Prizes

It’s hard to resist someone who calls you on the phone or sends you a letter promising that you’ve won a prize worth thousands of dollars.
 
Before you believe it, read our tips on sweepstakes, lotteries and other scams that promise lots of money but steal your money instead.
 
You can also learn about very realistic counterfeit checks that may arrive in your mailbox, and about Nigerian letter scams, emails, letters and faxes that ask for your help transferring millions of dollars out of another country.
 
We Can Help
If you’ve been the victim of a sweepstakes, lottery, counterfeit check or overseas letter scam, or have a new scam to report, contact us or call toll free within North Carolina at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.