Most Active Stories
- Huffington Post Names Kansas City 'Coolest' City In America
- Food Critics: The Best Smoked Foods In Kansas City
- 7 Things To Kick Off Fall This Weekend In Kansas City
- Things You May Not Have Known About The Kansas-Missouri State Line
- At Twenty, Kansas City's 'Sky Stations' Are An Artist's 'Once-In-A-Lifetime' Project
Thu March 6, 2014
Federal Authorities Ask For Help In Protecting Consumers From Fraud
In recognition of National Consumer Protection Week, postal inspectors and U.S. Attorneys from Western Missouri and Kansas are asking the public for help fighting sweepstakes scams. According to prosecutors Tammy Dickinson and Barry Grissom, most are operating from outside the United States.
Many of the lottery winning schemes mail impressive looking certificates. Tom Noyes of the postal inspection service in Kansas City says most gullible victims are elderly and will often send up front money to con artists.
"Money that’s critical to pay their bills, their health providers," he says.
Noyes said operators are often in Canada and Mexico, and an especially notorious con game was operated out of Jamaica.
It’s nothing new, but the federal prosecutors say it’s difficult to track the money going back to the schemers.
Noyes wants caregivers and relatives to look for evidence of mailings to the elderly, promising the un-promisable.