SCAM ALERT: “Paul Walters” from “Mega Cash Benefit” or “Mega Cash Award” claims cash rewards through Facebook and United Way

INDIANAPOLIS — United Way of Central Indiana received information today about a scam sent via text to an individual in Central Indiana.
 
The text from “Mega Cash Benefit” or “Mega Cash Award” claims that the recipient was contacted because of a prize won “during Christmas through Facebook and United Way.”
 
The scammer then claims the person can receive a significant six-figure cash award by giving personal information and paying a substantial fee in order to collect the winnings.
 
Don’t fall for it! United Way does not partner with Facebook to award cash prizes to individuals.

A Few Tips to Prevent Being a Victim of a Scam:

  • Never give out your personal information – social security numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers – to unknown or unrecognizable people or organizations.
  • Never click on links sent to you through unsolicited email or texts.
  • If you have won a cash prize from a legitimate organization, you will NEVER be asked to send money in order to retrieve your prize. Always research any offer from any organization.
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    United Way of Central Indiana has alerted the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, the Better Business Bureau of Central Indiana and the Indiana Attorney General about this latest scam.
     
    If you are a victim of a scam in Central Indiana, report it to your local law enforcement, the Better Business Bureau at (317) 488-2222 and the Indiana Attorney General’s office, Consumer Protection Division at (317) 232-6330.
     

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    About United Way of Central Indiana: United Way is a community of donors, advocates, volunteers, and partners who fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. United Way invites all members of our community to LIVE UNITED by giving, advocating and volunteering to improve lives in Central Indiana. Visit uwci.org to learn more.

     

    MEDIA CONTACTS:

    Jennifer Hashem | Public Relations Manager

    office: 317-921-1313 | cell: 563-271-4385

    jennifer.hashem@uwci.org