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Mailbag: Fake job offer, buying phones and sweepstakes scam

By Daniel Gutierrez. CREATED Oct 18, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Many of us are looking for a little extra cash this holiday season. And a new report says retail hiring is up this year.

Business is brisk this time of year, as hundreds of thousands of Americans mail gifts across the country and the world. There's no doubt UPS workers will be working overtime, to help santa deliver packages and they may need extra help. But one Las Vegas resident wondered if a recent UPS job offer was real.
Candy writes: "I received a call today offering me a position with UPS. He was offering me $5.00 more an hour than what I make presently, plus all my moving expenses and the opportunity for advancement after my 2 month contract expired."
Well Candy, it does sound like a sweet deal, but we knew something seemed a little sour. So Contact 13 called UPS, who confirms this is a scam. A representative with the company says potential hires can expect a face to face meeting before being hired.
Plus they won't offer a new employee any moving expenses, since UPS locations hire from within the communities where they're based. UPS says if it seems too good to be true, than it probably is.
Do you have the latest and greatest from Apple? The tech giant unveiled two new iPhones last month. But there's something you should know, if you haven't bought yours yet.
Towana wrote to Contact 13 saying: "I recently purchased an iPhone 5S at AT&T. I got a special deal on my phone of $199. But the sales tax on the phone was for the full amount of the phone."
Towana wanted to know, is that legal? We called AT&T and it turns out, it is legal. 
Nevada State law says sales tax should reflect the full asking price for cell phones, pagers, satellite dishes and other types of telecommunications equipment. So even if you get a special deal on your next smartphone, be prepared for that price to be higher, once the tax is added.
And we've all seen the commercials before. Publishers Clearing House knocks on someone's door, surprising them with a huge check.
Ben emailed us saying: "I got a call claiming I won $3.5 million from Publishers Clearing House and that I needed to go to Western Union to pay a small fee first."
Ben knew the call was a scam, and he's right. Contact 13 called Publishers Clearing House. A spokesperson says prize winners are never asked to pay any sort up front charges. And everyone is surprised right on their doorstep, just like you see on TV.
So here's the Contact 13 bottom line: a lot of scams try to get you to wire funds. But you should never wire money to someone you don't know. Scammers do that because once the money is sent, it's virtually impossible to track.
If you have a consumer related question or problem that no one else can seem to help you with, look no further. Email and we'll do what we can to help.