Claudia Buck

March 16, 2014

Claudia Buck: Sweepstakes scam is one of many consumer frauds out to get you

The letter was enticing: You’ve “won” a $3.9 million sweepstakes prize. To collect it, all that’s required is depositing an enclosed $3,900 check to cover so-called “processing fees.” But consumer experts say the letter - as well as pitches that arrive by phone, email or social media - are just another classic scam intended to fleece consumers of their money. A look at sweepstakes scams, as well as the Better Business Burea’s Top 10 consumer frauds for last year.

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Claudia Buck is the Personal Finance columnist and business editor at The Sacramento Bee. She's worked at The Bee since 2005. Amid the financial turmoil of the recent recession, she became the personal finance writer, helping readers cope with some of the confusing, daunting and perplexing aspects of managing our financial lives. She serves on the journalism advisory board of her alma mater, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo. Reach her at or 916-321-1968. Twitter: @Claudia_Buck.