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Two scams targeting residents in the Panhandle

MARILLO- Two popular scams are once again circulating across the Texas Panhandle and you could be the next victim.

“If the scam is successful, they are going to keep coming back,” Janna Kiehl with the Better Business Bureau said.

That’s exactly what appears to be happening.

The BBB has received several inquiries regarding a telephone call claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House.

“If somebody won the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes, it would be noted with their name on the Publishers Clearing House web site,” Kiehl said.

The caller has an Amarillo area code which should stand out as a red flag since the company is not based in Texas.

Viewers provided us with the telephone number and we decided to make the phone call to investigate.

The call immediately went to voice mail. We left our name and number but nobody returned our call.

“The difficulty is getting jurisdiction over them,” Potter County assistant attorney David Kemp said. “It’s hard to investigate. It’s hard to prove. You don’t know where the call is coming from.”

The notorious Nigerian mail scheme is also back.

This time, the letter claims to be the former CEO of British Petroleum and asks for your banking information so they can deposit a large sum of money into your account for safe keeping.

“The lure you in by telling you you’re going to have a big share in this $75 million that they have waiting for you if you help them get it out of that country,” Kiehl said.

Both scams have cost residents thousands of dollars.

Kiehl says if a deal ever sounds too good to be true, chances are it is not legitimate.

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May 24, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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