Tip 6: Never Pay For a Prize
Never pay for a prize.
Many scammers offer sweepstakes winnings or grant funds if you pay them with cash or gift cards, or if you provide confidential information first.
"If you have to pay, it's not a prize," Perales says.
Al Perales is an investigator with the Consumer Protection Division. In his 15 years in the office, he's seen all types of scams and tracked down many thieves and charlatans. Watch the seminar here.