Scam alert: Winning lotteries or Publisher's Clearinghouse Sweepstakes

If you have been victimized in a scam, file a complaint with your local law enforcement. (MGN Image)

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay County Sheriff's Deputies are telling you to watch out for scams.

The sheriff's office issued a scam alert Thursday after complaints of scams saying victims have either won a lottery or Publisher's Clearinghouse Sweepstakes.

Deputies say a victim recently contacted the sheriff's office saying she got an email saying she won the Publisher's Clearinghouse Sweepstakes and she needed to send $5,000 to pay taxes in order to get her winnings. Deputies say it was only after the victim sent the money and was told to send $18,000 more than a family member stepped in.

The sheriff's office says any communication, whether by email or by mail, claiming a person has won a lottery or sweepstakes and needs to send cash to cover fees or taxes in order to claim the cash prize, should be considered suspicious.

If you think you have been a victim of scam, contact local law enforcement.

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