KY treasurer warns of sweepstakes scam - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

KY treasurer warns of sweepstakes scam

FRANKFORT, KY (KFVS) -

Kentucky Treasurer Todd Hollenbach says scammers are calling Kentuckians with the news that they've won a $2.5 million international sweepstakes.

But, they say to claim the prize they're required to first wire $1295 cash to the scammers.

“This is an obvious scam that preys on the elderly”, Hollenbach said. “So called

“winners” of the sweepstakes are being notified with phone calls from Las Vegas, Jamaica or Nigeria, identifying themselves as representatives of the Treasury, asking that taxes be paid before their cash prize can be delivered.”

If you're looking for legitimate lost or abandoned cash, search the unclaimed property database at MissingMoney.com or if you don't have access to the internet, you can call Treasury's Unclaimed Property office toll-free at 800-465-4722.

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