Legitimate sweepstakes and promotions never ask winners to pay anything before receiving a prize, and taxes are always paid directly to the IRS after receipt of winnings. If you’ve been asked to send money and/or pay taxes in order to claim a prize, YOU ARE BEING SCAMMED.
Criminals illegally use our name and logo to deceive consumers, and there are unfortunately thousands of victims of this kind of fraud every year. If you’ve been notified that you’re a winner of such a promotion, IT IS A SCAM. DO NOT SEND MONEY.
If you are the victim of such a scam, we unfortunately cannot assist you in any way. Please report the incident to your local police, your state’s Attorney General, or the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov or