- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A 69-year-old Sioux Falls man has lost more than $11,000 to a sweepstakes scam.

Police spokesman Sam Clemens says the man wired the money to people purporting to be with Publishers Clearing House and promising a $2.5 million prize.

Clemens says the man received a letter Oct. 30 saying he had won the seven-figure prize. Clemens says the scammers sent the man a $7,000 check, which a bank determined to be false when he tried to cash it.

Despite the fraudulent check, the man continued to correspond with the scammers and sent them $10,000. Clemens says the bank cautioned the man about the potential scam, but he still withdrew the money. Altogether, the man ended up wiring $11,500.

Clemens says people should do some research if they get a notice about a big prize.

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