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Scammers take aim at Alaskans with fake sweepstakes calls, claims

Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A telemarketing scam promising a sweepstakes award is targeting Alaskans, the attorney general's office says.

A caller is telling Alaskans they've won a $250,000 sweepstakes, and they must make a $2,500 payment to a Western Union account in Quebec in order to avoid federal taxes.

In one case, a man claiming to be with the ''U.S. Customs Office'' told a pioneers' home resident the resident had won a sweepstakes.

The attorney general's office said the calls were fraudulent and no such sweepstakes money had been awarded.

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(Eds: Anyone who receiving a similar call is asked to report it to U.S. Customs at 271-2880.)



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