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Big-money win notices could mean big-money losses

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Remember: you should never have to pay money to collect winnings. (Source: WAFF file) Remember: you should never have to pay money to collect winnings. (Source: WAFF file)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

 Who hasn't dreamed what it would be like to win the lottery, or be a lucky sweepstakes winner?

Con artists are using the promise of prizes and large payoffs to rip off unsuspecting victims. One particular scam involves people claiming to be with Publisher's Clearing House. If you hare contacted by someone claiming you have won, look for some red flags.

"If you haven't entered a contest, then you shouldn't expect to get a notice that you've won," said Michele Mason with the Better Business Bureau. "Second, if you have to spend money to get money, then you haven't won anything."

GreenDot MoneyPak cards are becoming increasingly used in scams trying to fleece you of your money - remember, you shouldn't have to pay a fee or send any money through any method in order to receive a prize.

Also remember, you cannot always trust Caller ID.

"The number can be spoofed on your phone, and they are going to do whatever they can to make it look as legitimate as possible," said Mason.

Remember the other major red flag associated with these types of scams: Anyone asking for bank account, social security, or other sensitive numbers or information should be an automatic warning.

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