Hingham Police Department News

Posted on: December 12, 2016

Resident Falls Victim to Sweepstakes Scam

     A 75 year old resident fell victim last week to a familiar sweepstakes scam by phone. Although he did not send any money, he did provide sensitive personal information that will likely be used for identity theft.

     The resident said on December 6, 2016 he received a phone call from an man who claimed to be from Publishers Clearing House and told the resident he had won a top prize. In order to process his prize, they would need some personal information. The resident was asked for, and provided, his Social Security number, his date of birth, his MA driver's license number, etc.). The resident then asked for a call back number and the caller gave him an area code 305 number. 

     The resident will now contact his Social Security Office, his bank, credit bureaus and RMV to report he is at risk for identity theft. Remember, to never provide personal information, either by phone or email, unless you specifically contact that agency and have verified who you are sharing that information.  


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