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Attorney General Jon Bruning is warning consumers to watch out for fake prize letters that may appear to be from a state agency.
Some consumers have recently received mailings that claim they’ve won a prize from the State of Nebraska Commissioners of Registration.  To claim their prize, consumers are told to sign the form and return it along with a payment of $20.
“These letters can look convincing,” Bruning said. “But it’s just another attempt by scam artists to victimize Nebraskans.”
The mailings look official and include a fake agency seal, but the promised prizes don’t exist, and there is no state agency called the Commissioners of Registration.  
In the last month more than a half-dozen Nebraskans have reported receiving these letters. If you receive a similar mailing, do not reply to it or send any money., Bruning said.
Legitimate sweepstakes do not require consumers to pay a fee to claim a prize. Money sent to scammers is usually difficult or impossible to recover.  In addition, responding to one scam can make you a target for other scammers.
If you’ve received to a prize notice like this one, contact Bruning’s office for assistance at (800) 727-6432.   For more information on how to be protected from scam artists, visit http://www.ago.ne.gov.

 

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