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Sheriff's office gives advice on avoiding scams

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Yakima County Sheriff's Office says a man got a letter in the mail claiming he had won 150,000 dollars. It told him to call a phone number and pay his taxes to get the money.

The sheriff's office says they're investigating the case. They say to never trust unsolicited mail or telephone calls, especially if they involve money.

"An unsolicited call of a prize that you're not expecting is probably the biggest thing... Or money you don't know you have coming to you should immediately send up a red flag," says YSO Detective Brian Jackson.

Jackson says the scams tend to change as people learn more about particular scams. He says many of these scams originate outside the United States, making it impossible for authorities to put an end to them.