Wheeling Police said they have been informed of telephone calls that are suspicious in nature.
Police said the caller tells residents they have won a large amount of cash and in some cases a car as well.
The caller then advises residents to either send money to activate their winnings or go to a local store and purchase some type of a money card.
Police said in a news release the caller then instructs residents to give them the number off the back of the card in order to activate their winnings.
Some residents have done this and are now out the money that was sent in as an ''activation fee".
Police warn residents the telephone number that the callers are using , usually come back to an out of country location.
Sgt. Gregg McKenzie wants residents to know the callers are very crafty at this type of scam and want people to believe that they have won the prize.
Police advise they will try to associate themselves with other well-known sweepstake companies.