ST. PAUL (AP) -- Elderly Minnesotans may be the target of a telemarketing scam by a group posing as Publishers Clearing House, the state Attorney General's Office warned Monday.
The individuals are calling residents and telling them that they have won a large cash prize. But in order to collect the prize, they must send a check to the IRS to cover the taxes. Consumers are told they would be called at a later time for mailing instructions.
Within a few hours, another individual calls and claims to be from the IRS.
The attorney general's office said the group is using prepaid calling cards so Caller ID boxes show they're calling from area codes around the country. Consumers are not able to return the calls.
A spokesman for Publishers Clearing House in New York said the company does not contact its winners over the phone.
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