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VOL. 126 | NO. 139 | Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tenn. Consumer Officials Warn About Contest Scams

AP

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NASHVILLE (AP) – State consumer affairs officials have reminded Tennesseans that you can't win a foreign contest you didn't enter.

Gary Cordell of the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs says scams circulate daily with the goal of getting money or personal information.

Legitimate sweepstakes don't require a purchase, he says. Nor should someone be required to pay taxes or shipping and handling charges to get a prize.

Additionally, it's highly unlikely that someone has won a big prize if the notification was mailed by bulk rate.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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PROPERTY SALES 91 135 781
MORTGAGES 110 170 916
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 30 43 178
BUILDING PERMITS 133 290 1,948
BANKRUPTCIES 58 105 507
BUSINESS LICENSES 37 88 388
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 22 55 235
MARRIAGE LICENSES 12 24 105