Wichita man avoids 'sweepstakes' scam

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Wichita, Kan. -- A Wichita man was nearly taken in by a new sweepstakes scam.

The company calls itself General Benefit Sweepstakes Commission. They send you a letter, declaring that you've won $100,000.

They even include a check that you can cash now, before recieving the $100,000, with the name Procter and Gamble on it as well. The check looks legitimate, but to Wichita's Gary Conyers, something just didn't feel right.

Conyers received the letter in the mail Monday, saying he won the big cash prize. Included in the preliminary check made out in his name for just over $24,000.

He was told he would have to pay a processing fee first in order to get his prize. Gary went to the Better Business Bureau here in Wichita and was told it was likely a scam.

He then called the General Benefit Sweepstakes back who again asked him to send in money. Besides trying to get Gary to send in the money, General Benefit would also have had access to his checking account, if he had tried to actually cash the check.

The Better Business Bureau advises that if a sweepstakes is legitimate, you should never have to pay anything or do anything special to receive it. If you get notification or a phone call about a prize that you have supposedly won, do exactly what Gary did and contact the Better Business Bureau first.

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