The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office wishes to inform area residents of a scam that is still occurring in and around Haywood County. The scenario unfolds like this: Victims are called and told they won money, a new car, or other prize through Publishers Clearinghouse or similar sweepstakes. The victims are instructed to send either cash or pre-paid debit cards from CVS or Walmart to a specific address, often an address in New York. Victims are informed that, once payment is received, their winnings will be forwarded to them immediately. The caller identifies himself and tells you to follow up with a call to the IRS to validate the claim as far as taxes and “state to state” transfer of monies is concerned. The caller will ask for the card numbers of pre-paid debit cards once they’ve been purchased. The caller then takes the number, makes an identical card, and gains immediate access to the money with no hope of restitution to the victim! The promised prizes are NEVER delivered. Investigations show the calls and frauds are originating in countries outside the United States. PLEASE refrain from engaging the caller in any conversation! This is a fraud and scam. If you are told by anyone you have won a prize, a vehicle, or any other item of value and are requested to send cash, money order, or prepaid debit cards, DO NOT! Remember: You should NEVER have to pay for anything you have won! For more information contact the Haywood County Sheriffs Department at 828-452-6669.