NM Attorney General warns of fraudulent sweepstakes scam

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If you’re a New Mexico resident, you could fall victim of a scam that’s been circulating around the state.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a scam warning Monday after some residents began receiving fraudulent “Make-A-Wish” sweepstakes calls.

According to the attorney general’s office, callers posing as “Consumer Protection Agency” officers are telling New Mexicans that they’ve won thousands of dollars but must first pay more than $3,500 to claim their “prize”.

At least one New Mexico resident has fallen victim to the scam, according to the attorney general’s office.

Officials say if you have to pay to claim a prize it’s probably a scam — especially if you don’t remember entering a contest in the first place. According to a news release, Make-A-Wish New Mexico also doesn’t conduct any sweepstakes or participate in any sort of telemarketing.

“It doesn’t get any lower than trying to steal from New Mexicans by fraudulently invoking a charity that serves innocent children fighting for their lives,” Attorney General Balderas wrote in a news release.

Anyone who believes they’ve been contacted by a scammer, has already fallen victim to a scam, or has any information regarding a scam call is urged to contact the Office of the Attorney General at (505) 717-3500.

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