HARRISONBURG — The Better Business Bureau is warning of a scam that uses the organization’s own name to try and dupe people out of money.
A woman was contacted by someone who reported being a representative of the Mega Box Mega Millions lottery and said the woman had won a $1.5 million prize, according to a news release. The caller claimed the BBB was recording the conversation.
The potential victim lives in BBB’s Western Virginia service region, which includes Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.
BBB is not affiliated with any lottery, and Mega Box Mega Millions does not exist.
The caller told the woman to buy a Green Dot MoneyPak card, load it with $255 and give the access code to Mega Box Mega Millions to cover supposed “IRS fees.”
According to the release, sweepstakes scams often use prepaid debit cards like Green Dot to prevent tracing. Consumers should not pay to collect sweepstakes or prize winnings.
For information about protecting yourself from scams or to report a potential scam, go to www.bbb.org or the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov.
— Jeremy Hunt