‘Oprah Millionaire Contest Show’ is a swindle, says FBI

April 9th, 2009 - 5:15 pm ICT by ANI  

Oprah Winfrey Chicago, April 9 (ANI): The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the U.S. has warned people to beware of an Internet scheme claiming the recipients had the chance to win a million dollars by entering a contest sponsored by The Oprah Winfrey Show.

The investigators have revealed that a spam e-mail titled ‘Oprah Millionaire Contest Show’ has been making rounds, saying that the recipient must pay to be on the show.

They say that the email also asks its receivers to pay for the transportation ticket to Chicago, and send the money to the sender, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Meanwhile, Oprah’s Harpo Productions has issued a statement on its Website, confirming that the scheme was a scam.

The statement read that the company and the show “are not sponsors nor do we have any involvement whatsoever with this e-mail solicitation.”

People were further reminded that the show tickets remained free, and no money should ever be paid for them. (ANI)

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