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New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is issuing an alert as scammers target senior citizens in New Mexico.

As part of the scam, callers tell seniors they have won a sweepstakes or lottery. Those seniors are told to keep their lottery winnings confidential. The consumers receive checks in the mail, but those checks don’t match the company that called. The scammers then tell the seniors to deposit the phony checks and to make a phone call in which they are told to either purchase a gift card or to send a check to cover fees.

“In cases like this, if it seems too good to be true, it often is,” said Balderas. “These scam artists are going out of their way to attack our senior citizens. New Mexicans need to be on guard, as scammers will stop at nothing to get to your wallet.”

The Attorney General urges all consumers NOT to cash the check they may receive based on a scam phone call and NOT to release any personal or financial information to scammers.