FBI Warns of Fake Oprah Contest

Apr. 10 2009, Published 11:38 a.m. ET

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The FBI is warning the public of an online scam that attempts to con its intended victims into buying a plane ticket in exchange for entry into a contest and a spot in the audience of an upcoming Oprah Winfrey Show taping.

An e-mail touting the "Oprah Millionaire Contest Show" asks recipients for their contact info, the FBI said Friday.

"Authorities have told us that there are at least a dozen scams currently being perpetrated which promise tickets, travel and money from The Oprah Winfrey Show," according to a statement on the show's Web site.

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"You should know that Harpo (Winfrey's production company) never sells tickets or travel packages... if Harpo ever sponsors any kind of sweepstakes, it will be featured on -- so always check our website to confirm if an offer is the real thing." (Photo: WENN)


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