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Lottery winnings may be scam

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ATLANTA (CONSUMER ALERT) -

Louise Miller had just become a widow, her son was serving in Iraq, and she needed to go back to work.

"I was kind of worried about my income, my finances, and how I was going to make it," she said.

Miller admitted she was emotionally overwhelmed when she got a call that she thought was the answer to her prayers. The caller said she'd won $250,000. All she had to do was pay $2,500 in taxes, but her prize never arrived.

"Where is my money, where is my money,' and they said, 'Well, I'll tell you what, we'll meet you at the bank.' I was at the bank, they were not," Miller said.

"If you're receiving phone calls telling you need to send money in order to claim winnings, most likely you are being scammed," said US Postal Inspector Frank Schissler.

The crooks kept calling Miller and in the end, she lost $20,000.

"I was sad, I was grieving, and I needed the money. So, I kind of fell for it," she said.

An estimated 30,000 calls are made from Jamaica to the U.S. every day attempting to defraud Americans.

Remember, you should never have to pay anything up front in order to claim a legitimate lottery or sweepstakes prize.

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