September 19, 2014
AUBURN, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in Northern California are warning of a phone scam promising a cash prize in exchange for pre-paid credit card numbers.
The Sacramento Bee says victims receive a call from someone purporting to be with "Publisher's Clearing House," telling them that they have "just won."
The victims are instructed to go to a Walmart or Kmart to purchase two $500 pre-paid credit cards. They are told to then call back and provide the card numbers, to be used as verification.
Authorities say once the numbers are provided, the scammers are able to transfer the money to themselves.
Placer County Sheriff's officials have tracked the callers' number to Jamaica. They warn that it's hard for local detectives in the U.S. to pursue international cases, and victims of such scams are typically not able to recover their money.
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