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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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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 97 418 8,253
MORTGAGES 112 508 9,293
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 7 32 1,160
BUILDING PERMITS 194 1,059 18,126
BANKRUPTCIES 46 208 5,367
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 125 3,507
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 98 2,366
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 84 1,676