Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Another scam to warn you about--this time, people are making phone calls pretending to be with Publisher's Clearing House.

The scammer then asks the victim to wire or send a check for a certain amount of money to them. The victim is supposed to get a car once they get the money, but that never happens.

"A lot of scam artists will use businesses names to give themselves legitimacy," says Carri Grube Lybarker with the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs. "Contact that business at a phone number or a contact that you know is theirs. Look them up in the phone book orcontact our office, because we can tell you that it's a scam. Just do your research before you try and give money to anybody. but just know the red flag is asking for money up front."

Lybarker adds another rule of thumb to remember is if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is and it needs to be immediately reported to authorities.

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