Samantha Small had a good feeling that a $450,000 prize sounded too good to be true.
In May, the Lancaster native responded to about 20 sweepstakes offers she had received in the mail. A few weeks later, she got a letter from what was supposed to be a nonprofit organization called the Dream Foundation. It said she won a second-place prize of $450,000.
There was one catch – the foundation said she first had to pay 1 percent, or $4,500, to receive the prize.