- Wisconsin consumer protection specialists want you to watch out for a new sweepstakes scam.
Residents across the state say they've been getting calls from people claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House. The scammers tell them they've won a sweepstakes prize and ask for an upfront fee payable with a pre-paid debit card.
The state says potential victims are directed to pick up and pay for a Green Dot MoneyPak debit card from a retail or drug store in order to transfer the fee.
Scammers choose pre-paid debit cards and wire transfers for victims to send them money because the transactions are difficult to trace and nearly impossible to reverse.
Story By: Associated Press