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Lottery scam impacting Colorado

By KRDO.com Staff
Published On: Nov 27 2012 01:32:15 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 27 2012 01:54:03 PM CST

Lottery scam impacting Colorado

CANON CITY, Colo. -

Millions are up for grabs with the lottery, and scammers are looking to use big jackpots to take your money.

Mel Hirsch received a call claiming to be with Mega Millions in California.  She was told she had taken second place in a sweepstake.

She said she knew it was a scam when they told her she needed to send them money before she could claim her money.

Hirsch was told to get them the money on two Green Dot refillable cards, one with $500 and the other with $299, and send them the numbers to the account.

She was promised $2.5 million in return.  Hirsch did not send them the money but wants others to be aware. 

"I knew someone would fall for it so I wanted it known someone was calling," said Hirsch.

The Better Business Bureau of southern Colorado said if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is. 

It is also illegal for someone in Colorado to tell you that you have won and then ask for upfront fees, a major sign of a scam.

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