Sweepstakes scam arrives in Craig resident’s mailbox
CPD warns residents of sweepstakes scam
February 27, 2013
Craig — "You can't win if you don't play" is a phrase often heard in a line to buy lottery tickets, but it's also one of the telltale signs of a scam, according to a Craig Police Department news release.
A Craig resident recently received a $3,989.72 check allegedly drawn on an account for "Dynasty International," along with a letter from "Advanced Financial Incorporated." The letter advised the resident he or she was the winner of a national drawing.
The letter also stated the person had won $150,000 and that $2,900 of the enclosed check needed to be returned as a processing fee in order to claim the entire winnings.
The Craig resident suspected the letter was a scam and reported it to the police department. An investigation confirmed the check was counterfeit.
When officers called the informational number included with the letter, a suspect told CPD he was located in India before hanging up the phone.
Craig police officials remind residents that sweepstakes notifications are always a scam, especially if a resident hasn't entered a drawing. Also, legitimate sweepstakes drawings never require a processing fee in order to receive winnings.