Scammers desperate for cash have begun resorting to invoking names of familiar organizations and agencies when soliciting potential victims over the telephone, with the latest variation being use of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) name. The BBB warns consumers not to fall for ploys which claim to be endorsed or authorized by the BBB. Consumers reported that they recieved calls stating the "BBB was giving away money and a car in a sweepstakes". BBB notes that such tactics are often employed by scammers looking to gain the trust of consumers, and thereby break their reluctance to believe that they have actually won. Of course, at no time will the BBB notify anyone that they have won any sort of contest, so don’t believe these claims. You should end the call as quickly as possible, before the scammers can get more information from you. In recent weeks, the BBB has received hundreds of calls from Mississippi consumers who have received calls, emails and mailings, claiming that they have won big payouts. Such scams include “secret shopper” schemes, lotteries, such as the “Spanish Lottery”, “U.K. Lottery” and various other types of bogus promotions. Often, mailed solicitations come with a check or money order, with instructions to deposit the money, and then send money to various addresses. Some consumers have sent money as requested, only to find out later that the original check is forged, and they have lost whatever money they paid. Please remember that, if you have really won a lottery, sweepstakes or other promotion, you will not have to pay anything. Don’t believe the claims.