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Scam seeking "fees" to collect prize cost Kronenwetter victim thousands of dollars


KRONENWETTER, Wis. (WSAU) -- Another scam is taking money from unsuspecting people that think they’ve just won the Publisher’s Clearing House prize. Police say this scam has already cost victims thousands of dollars in Portage, Oneida, and Trempealeau counties. There has also been one victim in Kronenwetter.

The perpetrator tells the Victim that they are from Publisher’s Clearing House and are some form of “Delivery Agent” and are attempting to arrange the delivery of a new vehicle. The scam artist promised the Kronenwetter victim a 2012 Mercedes Benz. The caller will then advise that there are certain fees that need to be paid before the vehicle can be shipped.

The caller has an accomplice acting as an attorney to verify the legitimacy of the deal, but police caution it is far from legitimate. Kronenwetter police say the local victim sent money via Western Union to Knoxville, Tennessee. In a few days of the initial contact the Victim did in fact receive a check drawn on a personal account and was out of the State of Oregon. When the victim cashed that check, it was worthless... leaving the victim out nearly $7,000 and stuck with paying for a worthless check. Police say they believe the crooks are working offshore and banking in Jamaica.

Police say you should contact them if you receive a check from someone you don’t know, and don’t spend deposited funds until you know that check cleared the bank. Police also say prize winners generally don’t have to pay to receive a prize.