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How a business lost $19K in a utility bill scam : Con artists are using new tricks to get you to pay up

Feb 07, 2018 - USA Today

If you're a con artist desperately trying to convince a consumer that they've really won $1.5million in a sweepstakes promotion, why not put a government "authority" on the line to confirm that it's all true?

A man in his 70s in Washington state "heard" from Stacy Canan, who leads the Office for Older Americans at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, D.C.

Except it wasn't Stacy Canan. But the man didn't learn the truth until after he had wired some $50,000 upfront ...