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Neosho PD warns of ongoing scams

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The Neosho Police Department warns residents to be aware of a pair of separate ongoing scams involving the sweepstakes and the Internal Revenue Service

Officers have recently received many reports of financial exploitation involving false representation by individuals claiming to be from the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. Targeted victims of the scam are contacted by telephone, mail, email, or social media and told that they have won a large cash prize of a specific denomination from the Publishing Clearing House Sweepstakes. Victims are then told all they need to do is pre-pay the processing fees and taxes on the winnings. This is fraud.

Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes never requires payment to claim prizes, according to the PCH fraud protection division.

According to the PCH website:

“If you are ever contacted by someone claiming to represent PCH, or claiming to be one of our employees, and asked to send or wire money (for any reason whatsoever, including taxes); or send a pre-paid gift card or Green Dot Moneypak card in order to claim a sweepstakes prize – DON'T! It's a SCAM. If you are sent a check, told it's a partial prize award, and asked to cash it and send a portion back to claim the full prize award, DON'T. The check is fake, but the SCAM is real!”

In the past, the Neosho Police Department has been able to assist in contacting the United States Postal Service to intercept delivery of checks sent in good faith by victims of this scam. If you or someone you know has recently fallen prey, contact the Neosho Police Department at 417-451-8012.

The second scam reported recently in Neosho involves telephone calls from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. The caller, oftentimes an automated voice recording, says you owe the IRS and that an arrest warrant and/or law suit is being filed against you unless you call back and arrange payment. This is a scam.

The IRS uses registered mail, not telephone, to make contact with citizens who still owe taxes. However, if you would like to find out if you actually do owe taxes, call 1-800-829-1040.

The Neosho Police Department warns the public to continue to be cautious of these types of scams.

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