State Officials Warn of New Scam Targeting Mainers

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AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) The Attorney General's office says they're aware of a new phone and instant messaging scam.

Acccording to officials, the caller says you've won an an award from Maine's Department of Health and Human Services.

Then they ask you to pay $200 for an access code to get the award.

Mainers have reported similar scams coming through facebook messenger...while it may look like it's from a friend,
it's a spoofed profile, according to officials.

Using this same tactic, scammers are also posing as government officials, telling the potential victim they have qualified for a free grant from the government that does not have to be paid back.