Unless Ed McMahon shows up at your door in person and hands you a million dollars, you may mostly IGNORE anybody else who calls, emails and otherwise notifies you that you have won a sweepstakes.

If somebody contacts you and says that you've won a major prize, check for these two RED FLAGS of FRAUD.

Fight Fraud America.

  1. Fraudulent sweepstakes always include a sense of "urgency." They will say that if you do not contact the writer within so many days or hours, that your prize will be lost.
  2. Fraudulent sweepstakes always define a method that requires you to "give before you receive." They may want you to pay the "taxes" or the "shipping charges" or any one of a variety of other things. (If you are that intent on losing your money, you might as well just flush it down the toilet.)