“Sweepstakes” Scam ALERT!!
August 25, 2011
A scam is be perpetrated using the name “Lawlor, Winston, White & Murphey”.
Individuals around the US are being contacted by someone purporting to be from our firm advising them they have won $175k in a “sweepstakes” run by “American Shopper’s Network”. A fake copy of a Bank of America check is sent to the individual, who is provided with the telephone number 954-678-0081 to call and collect. When that number is called, it is answered “Lawlor Winston White & Murphey” and the victim is instructed to make purchase a “green dot” debit card to make a payment ranging from $400.00 to $895.00 to cover “insurance & processing” of their sweepstakes winnings. They are supplied with a bogus BOA telephone number (202-595-2117) to call and confirm as well.
It is believed that this scam originates from Jamaica and is being perpetrated using pre-paid cell phones.
BE ON THE ALERT FOR THIS SCAM.
The FBI’s Miami Field Office has been notified, and the Fort Lauderdale Police have opened an investigation under Case Number 11-92716. Call your local FBI Field Office and the FLPD to add to the report if you are contacted about this scam.