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Agencies warn of new scam

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Richland police and the Better Business Bureau are trying to alert people about a new scam .

Police received calls from two people recently who say a man using a Jamaican accent called telling them they won money in a sweepstakes. Police reports say the caller will tell the person they won a million dollars and to receive the money they need to send money or provide their bank account number.

Consumer advocates are warning to check out everything, "we're out here warning people, not to divulge their personal information and never to wire cash to somebody that you don't know. Because once you wire the funds they're gone, they can't be retrieved. It's not like a stop payment on a check," says Norma Miller of the Better Business Bureau.

Miller says the most obvious warning flag is when you're asked to give money. The scam has been going under the name "Global Winner's International" and "Winnings International." police and the B.B.B want to remind you in order to be part of a sweepstakes, you must enter into one.