BBB warns about local sweepstakes scam

AMARILLO, Texas - The Better Business Bureau has a warning to keep you from becoming the victim of a scam in our area.

According to the Better Business Bureau, scam artists do not care how old you are or how much money you have. The bureau says all they are interested in is getting money out of your wallet.

Scam artists have been targeting residents in our area claiming they have won a prize from Publishers Clearing House. To collect the prize, they will claim they need to collect a fee to hold the prize and give the person the money they have allegedly won.

Texas Panhandle Better Business Bureau president, Janna Kiehl, says reports of the scam are an everyday occurrence.

"We have several phone calls everyday. Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes is going on and so it's just an every day occurrence." Kiehl said. "Someone is either calling to find out if it's legitimate or, unfortunately, someone else is calling to say they lost money to this scam."

In other cases, they may ask you to provide credit, debit or other account information. The BBB says that is a big red flag and adds it is illegal for a sweepstakes to make someone pay money for a prize they have won.

If you are ever skeptical about any scam, you can call the Better Business Bureau.