EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) - An El Cajon woman gave nearly $300 to a man claiming to be from a well-known sweepstakes after he called her home and told her she needed to send him money to claim her large cash prize.
Tonie Rae Foster-Roach tells 10News the man called her home last Wednesday, saying he was from Publisher's Clearing House and that she'd won $850,000, but in order to get her prize she had to wire him $285.
She did but says the calls kept coming, with requests for more money.
The Better Business Bureau has tips for scams like this.
- Don't pay up to claim your prize.
- You can't win sweepstakes you haven't entered.
- Verify - but not by using a source the scammer gave you.
- Put your number on a 'do not call' list.
The BBB has resources to spot and report scams in your area.
The San Diego County District Attorney's office also has information to keep seniors safe.