Two weeks ago Joyce Lange got a phone call.
“Really a 160,000 for me?” Lange said.
From a number she didn't know.
“I'm always careful of answering a number I don't recognize. So a lot of times if I don't recognize a number I let them leave me a message and I’ll call them back,” Lange said.
And that's what happened. A man with a foreign accent left a message on her voicemail.
“They just wanted to tell me that I needed to call them, it was very important that they had a check for me and they needed to get my address so they could get the money to me,” Lange said.
He said he was with the “International Gaming Board” he told Lange she had won money through a Bank of America sweepstakes. He started asking for personal information
And it turns out she should have never been called. Her number is registered on the do not call list. So we called the number ourselves, starting with the area code 269, registered to Michigan.
“Hi thanks for calling the office of David Moet,” the voicemail said.
We left a message with the man; he called back a few minutes later.
“I was calling the winner “International Gaming Board,” he said.
He told us we had won a package and he wanted to know if we wanted to pay to receive it.
“Where are you calling from?” we asked.
He hung up. And it turns out it's a scam that Lange wants everyone to avoid.
She says if someone calls your phone with similar story, “Just don't believe them. Just be careful don't give out your personal information.”
We spoke with a representative from Bank of America who said they aren't offering any sweepstakes. We also spoke with the scammer a second time on Sunday night. This time he claimed to be from a lottery company.
So here's how you know it's a scam:
You can't win anything unless you enter it.
You must have a ticket to legitimately win.
And you should never have to pay to receive you winnings.
In this case, Lange filed a complaint with the Federal “Do Not Call Registry” you can find more