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State police warn Hoosiers not to fall for scam

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Indiana State Police is warning Hoosiers about a magazine prize scam that's resurfaced.

Sergeant Todd Ringle says ISP has been taking calls from Evansville residents, and throughout southern Indiana.

In the scam, people get calls from a group pretending to be Publisher's Clearinghouse.

ISP says the scammers ask the "winners" to wire money through Western Union to cover the taxes.

That, says Ringle, should be a big red flag.

"If for example you do win, they will take the taxes out of your winnings and then send you a check. So always remember that you will never have to send them money before you win your cash prize," says Ringle.

ISP is reminding folks that Publisher's Clearinghouse won't contact you unless you've entered the sweepstakes.

Ringle also says the company doesn't notify winners through phone calls or e-mails.

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