SALT LAKE CITY — A classic scam is back in action; crooks are calling people and claiming they’ve won a new car, and then they start to ask for personal information.
But no one is immune to this. Just last week, the governor’s chief of staff got a call from one of these scammers.
“My antenna immediately went up because if something is too good to be true it typically is,” said Derek Miller, who is Gov. Herbert’s chief of staff.
Miller got a voicemail message on his home phone, saying that he had won a new 2014 Ford Explorer.
“I called the number back, and the person who I spoke to said, ‘This is Christian. I’m Mr. Russell’s assistant. Congratulations, you’ve won this big prize, and all I need to do is get your personal information from you,’” Miller said.
But Miller had not entered any contests or drawings like the so-called assistant said, and he refused to give any of his personal information.