Ashe County Sheriff's Detective William Sands, an ACEAPT member, said people in the mountains of western N.C. are particularly hard-hit by out-of-country scams in recent years, according to FBI reports.
"We continue to have reports of sweepstake scams," said Sands
"In the past, people were to send money for prepayment of taxes and handling charges on their winnings.
These amounts ran into thousands of dollars," he
"We continue to tell people 'if it seems to good to be true, it is,'" said Sands