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Scam artists sending fake checks through the mail

Sunday, September 21, 2008

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CCSD Chief Deputy Rob Gambill
The Clay County Sheriff's Department wants local residents to beware of scam artists using a real company to steal money.

Chief Deputy Rob Gambill contacted The Brazil Times with information about the scam after a local resident didn't fall for the "too good to be true opportunity" in their mail and reported the scam to authorities.

"This citizen didn't fall for it, they reported it," Gambill said. "If someone falls for a scam like this, they could be potentially held liable for the money lost to the scammers. This one, which is confirmed a scam, is a form of the Canadian Lottery Scam."

According to officials, scam artists from Canada draft and send out hundreds of letters with official looking checks, using a real company in America as a front, to people announcing they have won a cash prize. However, to get the full prize the recipient has to cash the check, keeping a small portion to cover their expenses, and return the rest to cover processing fees.

"In this case, the letter appears on the surface to be legit, but it's not. The scam artist used a Texas company, New Braunfels Feed and Supply Corp., as the front and sent out what appeared to be a company check for $3,980 allegedly drafted by Milestone Financial, Louisville, Ky.," Gambill said. "The letter said the person would receive $61,020 back for following the instructions and after taking out other administrative fees. But it's all a fraud, they wouldn't have gotten anything."

Although many people throw these types of mailings away automatically, Gambill said people who receive scam letters in the mail should report them immediately.

"They can contact the Sheriff's Department," he said. "But mail scams really need to be reported to the Indiana Attorney General's (IAG) Office so it can be investigated and tracked down."

To send the scam information to the IAG, mail it to Indiana Government Center South
302 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, Ind., 46204 or call 1-317-232-6201.


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this is so stupid. why would people even do that. hey rob.

-- Posted by nhs_babe_2011 on Mon, Sep 22, 2008, at 11:56 AM

Hey Rob, please change that picture! It looks like you've been on an allnight coffee & donut bender and someone has just dropped their drawers in front of you!

-- Posted by T. H. McCrea on Mon, Sep 22, 2008, at 1:15 PM

Leave the poor man alone (laughing at that silly comment), Rob Gambill is part of the sheriff's department that doesn't sleep!

According to the newspaper, they're definitely out there chasing the bad guys 24 hours a day - not scoffing down donuts!

Talk about the little engine that could!!!! Ten guys fighting crime and it looks like they're making some headway!

Thank God, Clay County has these guys on duty!

-- Posted by Cy on Mon, Sep 22, 2008, at 6:16 PM

hey rob. i love u

-- Posted by nhs_babe_2011 on Thu, Oct 23, 2008, at 8:37 AM

Hey Rob. Come pick me up from school eary today?

-- Posted by nhs_babe_2011 on Wed, Nov 19, 2008, at 11:38 AM

way to go rob.

job well done

-- Posted by nhs_babe_2011 on Fri, Dec 5, 2008, at 8:24 AM


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