North Carolina Department of Justice

North Carolina Department of Justice

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Watch out for fake North Carolina prize offers

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

 Some consumers have recently gotten mailings that claim they’ve won a prize from the State of North Carolina Commissioners of Registration.  To claim their prize, consumers are told to sign the form and return it along with a payment of $20.
 
The mailings look official and include a fake state seal, but the promised prizes don’t exist, and there is no state agency called the Commissioners of Registration.  If you receive a similar mailing, do not reply to it or send any money.  It’s illegal to require consumers to pay any fee to win a prize, and money sent to scammers is usually difficult or impossible to recover.  Responding to one type of scam also puts you at greater risk for becoming the target of other scammers.
 
Attorney General Roy Cooper’s Consumer Protection Division is currently investigating these mailings.  If you’ve responded to a prize notice like this one, contact us for assistance at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.   For more information on how to protect yourself including tips on prize scams, visit us at www.ncdoj.gov.