PITTSBURGH -- In a recent report the Better Business Bureau has warned sweepstakes, lottery and prize schemes are targeting seniors with evolving methods.
These frauds have focused on seniors through direct mail, cold calling, social media and text messages.
Specifically in Western Pennsylvania, a Kittanning woman received a call from "Publishers Clearing House" stating she won $4 million dollars and would need to pay a $500 fee and an additional $200 fee in order to collect her winnings.
The woman reportedly purchased $700 worth of gift cards. Scammers then told her she needed to pay $35,000 for an anti-terrorist fee to get the money from Canada to the United States. The victim knew it was a scam by then and stopped communication, according to the report.
Caitlin Driscoll, Public Relations Director for the Better Business Bureau of Western Pennsylvania recently joined Jordan Conigliaro on "Issues On The Point" to discuss these latest scams and how people can stay alert using their Scam Tracker tool.
The 16-page national report can be found online here: https://go.bbb.org/2JMDyGn.
Watch "Issues On The Point" every Sunday morning at 6:30 on 22 The Point.