One 'prize' will remain unclaimed

Sunday, March 24, 2013

A voice mail claiming a $120,000 prize seemed too good to be true for the recipient, he told the T-G Friday.

"The guy said he was from a prize center in Chicago and this was my lucky day," the recipient of the call said. "He said I won a $120,000 prize which I knew was a scam. I didn't call it back."

The "prize center" caller said his name was John Hill at 1-866-933-6012, but the number on the recipient's caller ID was 1-312-962-0230.

National effort

Many consumer complaint websites list reports of calls coming from both numbers. "Prizes" vary from $25,000 to $250,000, a new Cadillac Escalade or Lincoln Navigator or a $25,000 home makeover.

The caller normally says, according to national reports:

"Hi, this is John Hill (or Tim McDermott) with the prize notification department.

"We need you to give us a call as soon as possible. We're calling in regards to a contest that was sponsored sometime within the last year for the $25,000 cash giveaway.

"We're looking at your entry. Your luck looks like it's changed and we have very good news for you. Give us a call as soon as possible."

No entries

The Bedford County recipient said he and his girlfriend have not entered any national contests within the past yeat.

"He didn't say what kind of prize or what game it was or the name of the prize center," the recipient said. "I don't want anyone to get scammed."

-- Call the Times-Gazette at 684-1200 with details of any type of scam attempt. And always notify local law enforcement.