If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That's a familiar warning about scams, and it works according to the Illinois Attorney General's Office. A Wood River woman was recently victimized to the tune of about $5,000. According to information provided by the Wood River Police Department, the victim was called and advised that she had won a sweepstakes several years ago and that the money was unclaimed or accidentally given to a family member.
The caller said he was an agent from the FBI and that he needed her to pay for the insurance on the substantial amount of money so that it could be brought back to the states. A follow up phone call from a male claiming to be a Sergeant from the police department further solidified the scam, as the caller ID even showed the Wood River Police Department number. Experts such as Attorney General's Office Spokesman Maura Possley say if someone asks you to pay a fee before receiving a prize, it's probably a scam.
Remember to always confirm information, and that if something sounds to good to be true, it more than likely is. If you feel you have been the victim of this or any other scam, please contact the Wood River Police Department at 251-3113. You can also file a complaint with the Attorney General's office. We have included a link to that website at this story at AltonDailyNews.com