Beware: Lottery Scam

Maryville (WVLT) - If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

That's the case when it comes to solicitations in your mailbox.

A Maryville man received a letter in the mail claiming he had won the lottery in London.

It sounded very convincing and he tried to claim his winnings.

WVLT Volunteer TV's Liz Tedone tells us what happened.

"I've not had a no worser day."

David Hamilton has a lot of pride in his country, but now he's bruised with embarrassment and hurt after falling victim to a lottery scam.

David received this letter in the mail, that he had won a $5,000 prize in the London lottery.

All he had to do was pick up the phone and call.

"He said, well, you're guaranteed a winner. He told me to read off my lot number, which I did."

And David was asked for other information including his social security number.

He stopped short of giving out his bank information.

"I've not received nothing but a high phone bill. How much? That was $219."

David Hamilton is a good person. In fact he helps other people for a living.

He never thought he'd invite trouble into his home just by opening his mailbox.

Now David's had to take action to protect his credit because the thieves has his social security number.

"I've called the credit bureau and put a block on my credit. If anyone buys a piece of bubblegum then they have to verify by me."

Soon Tennesseans like David will be protected under the Credit Security Act of 2007.

It will allow you to literally put a freeze on your credit.

Until then, the best action to take is to call the credit reporting agencies and have them monitor your name.

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