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Wis. officials warn of sweepstakes scams

MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Wisconsin officials are alerting residents to statewide scam calls telling them they have won a sweepstakes prize.

The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says the calls claim to be from Publishers Clearing House. They ask residents to pay an upfront fee using a pre-paid debit card to collect the prize.

Potential victims are directed to pick up a Green Dot MoneyPak pre-paid debit card from a retail or drug store in order to transfer required upfront fees. In two cases, the scammer offered victims a discount when they said they couldn't afford the fees.

Officials say sweepstakes scams are 1 of the most common consumer complaints. They ask residents not to disclose their MoneyPak number or receipt information.

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