According to the Federal Trade Commission be aware of “Mega Million” scams involving a (876) area code, with the promise that you’ve won money and cars.
This is a Foreign, Jamaican based scam which asks the participant to wire money, or purchase prepaid cards or asks for access to your personal information.
The public is being advised to hang up on these calls and remember to never give authorization of your private information to unknown sources.
If is sounds too good to be true, then it is. Also apply these tips – Never send money to someone who calls you; Enter your number on the DO NOT CALL REGISTRY; Tell the caller you will be reporting their number to the Federal Trade Commission; Ask the caller how you could’ve won something when you’ve never entered an international lottery.
If you receive these calls, or any other suspicious prize winning calls, please report them to 1-877-FTC-HELP.
Some victims have lost money and been verbally threatened if they don’t pay the fees. Lottery and prize winning scams prey upon the elderly and the desperate, so stay informed and alert.