Scammers continue to be successful because so many people are not getting the warnings of what these crooks are up to. There are countless twists on the lottery scam, and the Better Business Bureau is reporting recent activity involving someone claiming to be from Publisher's Clearing House. An official with the agency says education will continue to be the best way to thwart these criminals.
Investigator Bill Smith tells The Big Z one woman who fell for the scam and lost about $2,000 wants to share her story.
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If you think a loved one may be the victim of a scam, tip-offs may include references to a lottery or sweepstakes, unusual or increased phone activity, especially incoming calls from outside the United States, questions or talk about unusual cash transfers, or sudden, unexplained bouts of paranoia or secrecy.