Police: Sweepstakes Call Most Likely A Scam

May 29, 2014
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A Batesville woman received a phone call Tuesday from someone posing as a representative from “Reader’s Digest” notifying her that she had won $500,000.

The man apparently asked for her credit card number during the call.

“Reader’s Digest” does have a sweepstakes program where participants can win money, but if you have not entered your name in the contest chances are you are not the winner.

Batesville Police Chief Stan Holt noted that the phone call appears to be another scam.

“It is just one of the many scams we deal with anymore on a weekly basis, whether it be by phone or email,” Holt said.

“My advice to the citizens, I would be very reluctant to do anything over the phone or anything that I did not initiate. If it is too good to be true, it probably is,” Holt added.

Similar “Reader’s Digest” scams have been reported in other parts of the country, including Wisconsin.

The local citizen did not give credit card information during the phone call, according to police.

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