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Powerball scam seen in WisconsinSubmitted: 03/27/2014
MADISON - People thinking they hit it big with a Powerball prize may instead find out someone scammed them.

If someone calls and says you're eligible for unclaimed Powerball prizes, Wisconsin officials warn that's most likely a scam.

The state's consumer-protection agency says the scam is unusual because the caller seems to be setting up the consumer for future scams.

The caller tells residents they might be eligible for Powerball prizes, and asks them to pick some numbers.

Later when the caller believes they've won they call back looking for third or fourth prizes worth millions.

But most scammers ask for money to cover fake tax fees.

They also ask questions about the residents' investments and home values.

That information tells the scammer the consumer has money and may be an easy target.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has more information on its website.

(Copyright 2014 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)


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