Jun 18, 2020
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is issuing a warning after an elderly man from San Jose recently lost $45,000 to a lottery scam. The scam was first reported by mail to the BBB in upstate New York. The BBB was rather surprised when the victim of the scam reported that the scammers claimed to be BBB employees. The scammers claimed that the man won a prize from the mega lottery. The real BBB found out about the scam when the victim wrote to the BBB, thinking that he was going to claim his prize. Surprisingly, the scammers continued to write the man in an attempt to collect an additional large sum of money. Scammers in this context will use emails, letters, or phone calls to claim that you won a cash prize. But rest assured that if you have to pay money to collect money, it is probably a scam! To report or investigate a potential scam, visit Scam Tracker, or call BBB of the Tri-Counties at 805-963-8657.