By Robert Haugh
The Santa Clara Police Department is warning the public about a scam involving phone calls impersonating Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor.
Here’s how it works:
- The target receives a call saying they’ve won a Publishers Clearing House (PCH) sweepstakes drawing. They get a choice of $10,000 a week for life or a lump sum single payment of $18.5 million.
- The caller asks that the “winner” pay the taxes prior to delivery of the prize money.
According to Santa Clara Police officials, scammers will use caller-ID to look like they’re calling from someplace locally. Then they impersonate an individual from the area.
Here’s what to do if you get such a call:
- Do not provide any personal identifying information or bank data.
- Hang up immediately.
If you have been a victim of this or any other scam, file an online report (www.scpd.org) or call the Santa Clara Police at (408) 615-4700.
Here’s a site that has info on common scams: www.fraud.org