Ask Your Scam Questions Here

This is an open forum to ask us about possible scams you've received and to see what scams are targeting others.

Since July 2006, we've been featuring "Scam Alert" each weekday on WITN News at Sunrise.  There are a lot of scams out there, and there is a lot of interest in the segment.  I receive dozens of emails a week of people asking about scams.  A lot of them end up being featured on "Scam Alert," provided there is proof that something is a scam. 

So this blog is another way to ask me about scams and to check out what other people are asking about.  You can also feel free to vent about the scams you've received, since many people would like to give scam artists a piece of their mind. 

To kick things off, I'll post a list of company names that law enforcement officals have said are scams: Allocated Disbursement Authority, American Entry Exchange, Awardable Entitlement Pooling System, Awards Compliancy Commission, Bureau of Cash Acquisition, Cash Advisory Agency, Commission of Sweepstakes Compliancy, Continental Prize Commission, Department of Cash Reporting, Department of Investigative Research, Division of Currency Claims, Division of Monetary Resources, Elective Prize Resource Pool, Entry Entitlement Services, Financial Acquisition Agency, Monetary Entitlement Resources, Prize Research Intelligence Agency, Public Administrators Office, and Unclaimed Sweeps Advisory.

Here are a few good rules of thumb about scams for you to keep in mind.  According to Noelle Talley with the NC Department of Justice, it is illegal for anyone to require you to pay any kind of fee in order to claim a prize.  Scam artists love to say the payment will cover taxes or fees.  Don't believe them. 

Also, any time someone sends you a check, asks you to deposit it, then wire money back to them or to someone else, consider it a scam.  This happens to a lot of people who do business online.  This is also pretty common when a scam artist says they want to hire you as a "secret shopper."  Remember, when you wire someone money, lawmen say, the transfers can't be tracked on the receiving end.  When you wire money, it's as good as gone.

Please post scams you want to know about here.  I'll be checking the blog posts and responding.  You can also email them to me at   




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  • by Paul Morales Location: Hereford, TX on Jun 20, 2008 at 10:11 AM
    In the pst 3 days, I've been talking to some Amy Larson on the phone about a big sweepstakes I've won and that the Customs Office in Las Vegas is holding on to it. I've been giving the option of either pay for shipping or to go pick it up myself. Does anyone know anything about this?
    EDITOR'S NOTE: If you did not enter this sweepstakes, then it is probably a scam, especially if they're asking you for money.
  • by JEAN Location: SAN ANTONIO, TX on Jun 18, 2008 at 09:53 AM
  • by Conrad Location: Greenville on Jun 13, 2008 at 04:11 PM
    I have a question about scams. I got an email today from somebody claiming to be my long lost son and he demands that he be added to my will should I believe this mystery person? Thank you
  • by Godfrey J Brimmer Location: new bern on Jun 12, 2008 at 06:12 PM
    I'm 58 yrs old,I've been in this country all of my life. I just want to ask a Q.When did as we as AMERICANS become so blind, stupid and comman senceless.We need to sart thinking for our self & stop listing to the socall experts on tv FOX specially.
  • by don Location: vanceboro on Jun 12, 2008 at 12:25 PM
    who was lake phelps named for.
  • by Beverly Location: Greenville on Jun 11, 2008 at 08:33 AM
    Over the past few months my husband has received several checks in the mail with a letter stating that he has won a sweepstakes and that the check is part of his winnings that are being advanced to him to pay the taxes. The taxes are always about 50% of whatever the check is. They tell you to cash the check and then go to Wal-Mart and wire the money for the taxes to them and then you will receive the remainder of your prize. I have taken everyone of these to the post office and have been told each time that it is a scam and to throw it away. I am aware that it is a scam but with the way the economy is these days some people may actually believe they have won something. It is amazing how many people get ripped off everyday and nobody can track the people that are sending out these counterfeit checks.
  • by David Location: Manteo on Jun 9, 2008 at 08:19 AM
    I have been getting quite a few emails over the past few months from various countries stating that I had money left to me by deceased family members, or that I was given an opportunity to claim a significant amount of money from a foreign bank if I replied or called with my banking information. These emails included my full name and mailing address. I wonder where or how these places get my personal information. Apparently, these so-called secured website, aren't so secure. I am not gullable enough to fall for these sort of scams but isn't there a way we can put a stop to this before someone just gullable enough does fall for these scams? I usually reply to these types of emails with a not so nice comment! It seems as though with technology today, we should be able to trace who is passing out these emails and punish them to the fullest extent of the law.

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