It’s been a while since we’ve had one of these, but the holiday season is usually when these type things ramp up and really go into high gear – phone scams are back!
We got a report from a Cherokee County resident Monday morning that he had won a huge amount of money – $800,000 or something – and it really doesn’t matter anyway because it ain’t real, and luckily our guy knew that. So he hung up on them.
They called back and tried to continue the scam, saying that in order to collect his winnings – here we go – all he had to do was send $530 to pay for “administrative costs” – so he hung up again. Remember, if you legitimately win something, you never have to pay ANYTHING in order to collect your prize.
They tried calling back again, and he just kept hanging up. He gave us their number and we called it, but by that time, it was blocked and we couldn’t get through.
The number was 1-876-810-2268. We did some research, and yes, it turns out that most of the numbers starting with 876 are coming out of Jamaica and they’re associated with scams.
So, if you receive one of these calls, all you can do is be smart – don’t fall for it – just hang up.