SCAM ALERT: Two new scams reported in Michiana

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OSCEOLA The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers of two new scams striking Michiana. The first involves a phone call claiming you've won a cruise.

Liz Miller told the BBB she received a phone call from a man with a broken accent who told her she won a random-drawing cruise to Puerto Rico. Miller turned down the offer, and told the caller she was disabled and had no transportation to Miami, where the trip was supposedly departing. He continued insisting she take the trip, even offering to provide transportation by bus.

Miller noticed the 876 area code and told the man she would think about it and call back. When she did, there was no answer. Instead a new number, this time a 404 area code, called back.

Eventually the truth was exposed- Miller would have to pay a 1% tax on the trip, totaling $1,000.

"She hadn't won a trip, there wasn't anything there," said Dreama Jensen of the Better Business Bureau. "He was after using the credit card. He would have her credit card number and could make use of [it]. In most cases, they may make a charge or two on the card, but what they are interested in is getting the card so they can sell them."

Miller did not fall for the scam and did not lose any money. She did report the incident to the BBB, which is what anyone who receives this call is advised to do.

The second scam affects email inboxes. A hacker is posing as Microsoft, claiming recipients are the winners of the Edinburg Product Anniversary Award. The email will include an attachment, supposedly a congratulatory letter, which is really a virus.

"The safest thing if you don't recognize it just delete it," said Jensen.

Once a person opens the attachment, the malware virus will attempt to locate personal and banking information within the computer.

For more information or to report a scam, call the Better Business Bureau at (574) 675-9351.


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