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Protecting Vt. consumers from scams

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -

It's National Consumer Protection week and there's a cautionary tale about sweepstakes mailings.

A Chittenden County couple received thousands of sweepstakes mailings. Both are in their 90s and on a fixed income. Several years ago they began receiving sweepstakes offers. The wife responded, sending in about $20 a day. More and more mailings poured in for sweepstakes, prizes and lotteries. She kept sending money out, to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars over the course of several years. Turns out-- they were scams.

The "Pure Vermont Award" is given to an individual or organization who help protect consumers. The award is given out by the Attorney General's office, and Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell joins us to tell us more.

The Vermont Consumer Assistance Program has more helpful tips on how to stop junk mail from arriving at your home -- https://www.uvm.edu/consumer/
Phone:   800-649-2424
Chittenden County:   656-3183
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