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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Officials are warning Virginians about a new twist on a sweepstakes scam that aims to lend legitimacy to the scam.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says people have reported that they've received calls from someone claiming to be from the attorney general's office.

The caller provides the office's mailing address and telephone number for citizens to call to verify the validity of the sweepstakes notice they've received.

The scam itself works like most sweepstakes scams where recipients get a realistic-looking check and are told to deposit the check and then send back a portion of the money.

But Cuccinelli says no government agency or legitimate sweepstakes company will contact you to ask for money. He says, if you have to pay, there is no prize.

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