Hang up if you get sweepstakes call, police warn

By the Tri-City HeraldApril 3, 2013 

If you're getting calls from Essential Sweepstakes, just hang up. That's advice from Cpl. Todd Dronen of the Kennewick Police Department.

Karolyn Friday of Kennewick told the Herald on Wednesday that she's been getting calls from Essential Sweepstakes for days, at all hours. She said the caller claims the contest is linked to Publishers Clearing House and Reader's Digest.

Friday said the caller claims she's won a prize. But then goes on to say she needs to send $399 to pay the taxes before Essential Sweepstakes will send Friday her winnings.

Dronen said the department routinely receives calls about various scams. But he hasn't heard of any complaints about this particular one.

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