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A Lottery Scam Warning and Campaign; More Cards Hacked

by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 22 2014 10:51AM
 A reminder to talk to your older parents and loved ones in your life about who they trust with their money. 
Another Stafford man in his 60s has been taken for over $26,000 by a con man pretending to be someone trying to award him a more than million sweepstakes. The suspect got all the money by saying the victim had to pay taxes before getting his prize. 
The Virginia Lottery's launching its' own campaign and hopes "Play Smart" will make people be more careful when someone tells them they've won a large prize. In most cases, criminals email or call to tell you you've one a large prize, but need to pony up money for taxes and your personal information first. 
Your credit cards are still at risk too. Look out for those small devices that can be attached to atms or the credit card swipes at the gas pump. A few local banks are reporting that numbers have been swiped after people got gas at a few WaWa pumps. In Fairfax, more of them are stealing info from ATM customers. And in recent weeks it happened with charges made at local Giant Food stores because of hackers.
 
07/22/2014 10:52AM
A Lottery Scam Warning and Campaign; More Cards Hacked
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