Another fraud complaint was reported from a Grand Rapids resident Tuesday. According to the complaint, a Grand Rapids resident received a letter from a financial institution claiming she was one of the second prize winners for a consumer sweepstakes. She received a check for almost four thousand dollars. She was instructed to call her claim agent at a 1-877 or 1-760 number. The resident brought both the check and the letter to her bank and found out the check was a scam.
Investigators believe the scam came from outside the country.
According to the National Fraud Information Center at fraud dot org,
A) If someone gives you a check or money order and asks you to send money somewhere in return, it’s a scam. Real sweepstakes don’t ask you to send money back. And, if you haven’t registered for a sweepstakes drawing- you can’t win.
B) A familiar name doesn’t guarantee that it’s legitimate. Crooks often pretend to be from well-known companies to gain people’s trust.
C) The check or money order may be fake even if your bank or credit union lets you have the cash. Verifying a real check may take weeks.
D) When the check or money order bounces, you will have to pay the money back to your bank or credit union.
E) The old story of a family member stuck in Canada/Mexico or the Bahamas who needs money and pleads with you not to call family members and check out the story- is a thief.