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Posted: 3:48 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 2013
By Don Griffin
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
When the promise of a $3 million prize showed up in one Charlotte-area woman's mailbox, she didn't fall for it. She said that Action 9's stories over the years helped her realize it was all a hoax. Brenda Romero went to her mailbox and pulled out an envelope that said, "Request for immediate action. Time sensitive material enclosed."Inside, she read that she had won $3 million. The letter from Registered Entitlement Services told her to send a $20 processing fee, and the company would release her $3 million prize. But Romero was not falling for it."I knew it was a scam," she told Action 9.
She said it's because she heard Action 9 say over the years: You shouldn't have to pay a fee for prizes you supposedly won; otherwise, it is a scam."His mailbox just got flooded with different sweepstakes. You're a winner. You're a winner," she said.The Better Business Bureau said sweepstakes scams where companies do not send a check in advance but instead ask for a small processing fee are now making a big comeback.Sweepstakes year after year continue to be a big hook for consumers. They just see those dollar signs, and they get blinded by everything else.Romero said the only reason she came forward was to warn seniors not to fall for this old scam.Action 9's advice was to tear them up and throw them away.
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