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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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 157 157 10,093
MORTGAGES 161 161 11,107
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 1,301
BUILDING PERMITS 229 229 22,402
BANKRUPTCIES 54 54 6,365
BUSINESS LICENSES 18 18 4,099
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 29 29 3,048
MARRIAGE LICENSES 21 21 2,147