The sweepstakes winner scam – Sonoma Sun

 The sweepstakes winner scam – Sonoma Sun

Posted on July 4, 2021 by Larry Barnett

My wife received a phone call and an email the other day announcing that she was a first-place winner in the Reader’s Digest Sweepstakes; $5.1 million was awaiting deposit into her bank account.

Wisely, she made no response on the phone other than to say she’d need to discuss it with her husband – me – before she would do anything. I’d been out and when I got home, she showed me the email and told me about the phone call. My first reaction was like hers – wow! – but was quickly tempered by my natural skepticism. The email was a PDF document of four pages; page one had a very large Reader’s Digest logo at the top, a few website addresses, and text announcing the award; page two was another letter purportedly from the Reader’s Digest Bank, specifying what steps needed to be taken to claim the prize; page three was a document explaining IRS regulations on taxes on such…

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