Beware of Sweepstakes Scams


Beware of Sweepstakes Scams

Staten Island commercial bank cites NYPD crime-prevention tip


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Requests to send payment before obtaining contest winnings should be a red flag for anybody who gets approached with this kind of come-on, the city Police Department warns.

Victory State Bank, Staten Island's only community-based business bank, points out NYPD's advisory for being alert to contest flimflams.

Being a winner for sweepstakes or giveaways is fun, exciting and enjoyable, NYPD acknowledges, but it urges keeping in mind some valuable tips and warning signs to help know the difference between a legitimate sweepstakes offer and a scam.


Tip 1: Beware of Fake Check Scams

If you receive a check claiming to be from a legitimate sweepstakes and are asked to cash it and wire or send a portion back, STOP. You are the victim of a scam contact. The check is not real.

Tip 2: Be Suspicious of Callers Claiming You've Won But Ask You to Send Money

If you receive a telephone call from someone claiming you have won a sweepstakes prize but are asked to send money to claim it, STOP.


Tip 3: Be Wary of E-mails Claiming You've Won - and Asking You to Send Money

If you receive an e-mail notifying you that you have won a major sweepstakes prize, but are asked to provide personal financial information, or send money to claim the prize, STOP. 

Tip 4: Never Give Your Credit Card Number to Collect a Prize

If you are asked to provide your credit card number or provide your financial bank account information in order to claim a sweepstakes prize, STOP.

Tip 5: Do Not Send Money to Claim a Sweepstakes Prize

If you are asked to send money to pre-pay taxes, pay a legal fee, pay a border fee, or pay any kind of fee to claim a sweepstakes prize, STOP


Bottom line: Legitimate sweepstakes winners won't be asked to send any form of payment to receive winnings.



About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQB: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank.  For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online

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