Seniors warned about Make-A-Wish scam

June 14, 2010 (CHICAGO) Scammers have been posing as federal employees demanding advance payment of taxes on sweepstakes prizes supposedly awarded by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The Real Make-A-Wish Foundation says the scam has escalated dramatically in recent weeks. They say the foundation does not award sweepstakes prizes under any circumstances. Also, Make-A-Wish Foundation does not engage in telemarketing to raise money.

Many victims have already lost thousands of dollars due to the scammers. The Federal Trade Commission says if you receive one of the scam calls, you should file a complaint with them.

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