Big Prize Scam

A warning from one a WITN viewer about a letter saying she'd won a huge amount of money.

She says she got a letter saying she'd won $2,536,092.23. The Research Intelligence Agency said she just needed to send $20 to process her claim.

Remember, you should never pay money in the form of fees or taxes to claim a prize.


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  • by Reality Location: Ahoskie on Jan 5, 2009 at 08:40 AM
    I am glad you aired this story. I hope my grandma hears it. She sends money too. Please have more stories like this so she can hear it. Thank you.
  • by J Location: Gville on Jan 5, 2009 at 07:27 AM
    Yeah DUH...if you havent turned your name into anything trying to win a prize...then its probably not real. DUH
  • by 4wheeldrive Location: NC on Jan 5, 2009 at 06:02 AM
    ive gotten anywhere from 2-6 of these type things a day since thanksgiving. they all claim your email won some contest, one even stated it was a 2010 drawing? now thats bogus. just delete and go about your business.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 5, 2009 at 05:21 AM
    One word comes to mind. DUH!
  • by Dawn Location: Dillsboro on Jan 5, 2009 at 05:14 AM
    You can find things like this every single day in your email.I doubt we still have people literally sitting in the dark on these types of "scams".
  • by Joan Location: Gville on Jan 5, 2009 at 05:00 AM
    Folks, use common sense and you will not fall prey...........
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