The idea of winning a fortune can lead many people
right into a scammers trap.
even if the winning seems too good to be true.
Right now there is a complex scam involving powerball.
that shows scammers are getting more patient when
trying to rip you off.
New at ten.
News 8's Mark McPherson joins us now with this week's
consumer protection story.
This powerball scam is a tough one.
because it doesn't rip you off right away.
It starts as a run of the mill phone scam.
someone calls you up saying you are eligable for unclaimed
and asks you to pick random numbers.
They call back and say you won.
But here's where things change.
they don't ask for a social security number or any
fees or taxes up front like a normal scam.
All they are doing is trying to get information from
you that will help in a future scams.
They ask general financial information and info about
the next scammer who calls has info about you and
sounds more credible.
Ways to protect yourself.
as always you can't win a contest that you didn't
Every week we ask viewers to send us in any scams
one viewer sent us not only details on a phone scam.
but the phone number that goes with it.
A special thanks to Carol in West Salem.
She received a call with a familiar scam that we covered
a couple weeks ago.
It's a person calling up alerting Carol to problems
with her computer.
and promising to help fix it.
We know now that it's just a scam to infect your computer.
Carol was alert enough to write down the number from
I did a quick check and this number is being used
all over the country for a scam.
I decided to give them a call today.
PHONE DIAL, RINGING, THE NUMBER YOU DIALED IS NOT
AVAILABLE, TRY BACK LATER.
That is not an uncommon response.
and that is another sign that this is a scam.
no one will call you out of the blue with knowledge
of a virus on you computer.
These are just a few examples.
there are many scams out there.
We received dozens each week.
and we want to bring as many to light as possible.
If you would like to share your scam with us.
you can email me at m-mcpherson at w-k-b-t dot com.
please include a copy of the scam.
Or leave a message on our news8000 facebook page.
On our website we will also have information about
how you can report the scam to the Consumer Protection