Contest Winner Scam

Pay to Play

"You've just won a new
60" flat screen TV!"

Or trip to Bermuda. Or $10,000. Or new garage door. Or new iPhone. Or, Wow, isn't it amazing how you can win a prize without even entering a contest? Yes, truly amazing. But don't be fooled. It's more than likely a "pay to play" scam.

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What You Should Know

We'd love to tell you that you're a winner, but unless you've entered a legitimate contest, it's a pay-to-play scam aimed at making you a very big loser. The call (or message) announces you've won a significant prize. The catch? You're told that to "claim" your prize, you must fork over "taxes", "shipping and handling charges", or "processing fees". Don't pay to claim a prize, and never give your checking or credit card number for a sweepstakes promotion.

How YouMail can help stop contest winner scams today

YouMail is the leading solution for getting rid of robocalls and we are proud that our customers are protected from scammers, spammers, and other unwanted callers. Best of all, it's a 100% free service available for everyone!

Here are a couple of REAL voicemails
left with YouMail customers.

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What you should do

Keep in mind that scammers will often pretend to call from well-known companies to make themselves appear legitimate and gain your trust. If you don't remember entering, you probably didn't. So, take that extra step and confirm if they're legit. Do a quick search to find the company's real phone number and then call to confirm that you entered a contest before responding to any claims that you won.

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Our best advice

Unless you know who's calling, don't pick up. Let it go to voicemail and then you can determine if it's a call you want to return. If it's a contest scam, delete the message. Then, get YouMail so that you can block the caller and NEVER hear from them again. Definitely check out  YouMail's online phone directory  to validate if the caller's number has negative reports or is from a known scammer.