Scammers have reached a new low and are using the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping children with life-threatening medical conditions, to con people out of thousands of dollars. Fraudsters are covering their bases - they're luring in victims with a sweepstakes, charity, and government imposter scam all rolled into one.
Callers are posing as federal agencies, such as the Federal Trade Commission or the non-existent "Consumer Protection Agency." They claim you have won a six-figure cash sweepstakes run by Make-A-Wish, but there's a catch! In order to collect your winnings, you must pay taxes, insurance, and courier services upfront. These charges often amount to thousands of dollars.
Sadly, even after you transfer these funds, you never receive your winnings, nor is your upfront payment returned. In the past, unsuspecting victims have lost a total of $20 million to similar scams.
It's important to remember that Make-A-Wish and FTC do not run any sweepstakes or make telemarketing calls. If someone is calling claiming to be a representative from one of these groups, hang up. It's a scam!