For years, Parker has entered Publisher's Clearing House sweepstakes.
"I probably enter about three of those a week," Parker said.
On Tuesday, he received a piece of mail without a return address.
Inside, a letter proclaimed he was "one of the lucky winners in the second category of the Publisher's Clearing house and a Compensation Draw Sweepstakes held on JANUARY 21, 2010."
The letter stated an entry was attached to Parker's name and matched the "first five lucky numbers," making him a winner.
The letter suggested Parker call his own personal file agent (name and number available in the letter) and also included a check for $3,943, which the company -- P&V Services, Inc., based in New York, N.Y. -- said he could pay the Government Services Tax and Insurance.
In addition, a "total amount is $2,988.10," was to be paid through Western Union or MoneyGram.
The letter also stated, "P&V Services, Inc has been contacted by the Publisher's Clearing House to find winners who have not yet claimed their winnings and assists them through the claiming process."
Parker immediately took the letter to his bank.
As it turns out, the whole thing was a scam.
Parker went to the bank to cash the check, but was informed immediately of the scam. Bank officials immediately informed him to contact authorities.
"It sure is tempting," Parker said, adding he had even called his brother in St. Louis about his winnings.
"The check looks legitimate," he said. "But something seemed wrong."
According to a customer review at www.ripoffreport.com, the phone number attached to the letter Parker received is based in Toronto.
Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said the scam sounded familiar.
"There are so many out there," Heaton told The Brazil Times. "It's one of those typical scams. Most people are aware of these."