ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – The State Attorney General’s Office said scam calls involving sweepstakes are on the rise and older people are being targeted the most.
They said that people who are 55 years or older have lost over $900 to sweepstakes scams on a yearly average.
“He said ‘ma’am you have won the large sweepstakes of’. He said ‘are you ready for this are you sitting down?’ I said yes. He said ‘you have won $3.5 million dollars,” said Elizabeth Lauren.
From fax machines to telephones, emails, and cell phones. These types of calls have been going on for over 40 years.
73-year old Elizabeth Lauren was almost tricked a few days ago.
“Ma’am, I swear to you on a stack of bibles that I’m not pulling your leg, this is the actual truth,” said the scam caller.
The scam caller was claiming that he was with the Publisher’s Clearing House.
Lauren said she has been participating in these types of sweepstakes for years.