LINDEN – City police are warning residents to be wary of sweepstakes scams.
On Wednesday afternoon, an 88-year-old city woman called Linden police after she received a phone call from an individual who informed her that she had won $250,000 in a sweepstakes. The caller identified himself as “Michael Waters” and told her she would need to send him a copy of her driver’s license to verify her identity. He also claimed that two “federal agents” would be coming to her house to deliver the prize money, police said. The woman became suspicious and hung up the phone.
Police warned residents to be careful if they receive telephone calls or letters informing them that they have won a sweepstakes. Residents should not give out personal information over the phone or send any money that is requested in order to receive a prize, police said. Authorities reminded residents that they cannot win a sweepstakes that they didn’t enter.
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