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Sweepstakes scams target elderly victims in Washington


Senior consumers in Washington are becoming victims of sweepstakes fraud designed to steal their money, according to U.S. Postal Inspectors.

From the internet to the mailbox, fraudsters are realizing that senior citizens are easy targets, officials said.

The 2017 National Consumer Protection Week campaign is focused on combating fraud against older victims.

Here are warning signs to avoid becoming a victim of sweepstakes fraud, according to U.S. Postal Inspectors:

Constant phone calls

Piles of promotional materials and letters that proclaim the recipient a “guaranteed winner!”

An accumulation of cheap trinkets and worthless “prizes”

Receipts from wire transfer services and overnight shipments

Acting distressed or reluctant to talk

It’s important for family members to educate their elderly loved ones before they fall victim to fraud, officials said.



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