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Jasonville woman victim of Canadian-based check scam

Friday, March 25, 2011

JASONVILLE -- Be on the lookout for scams that could come through the U.S. Postal Service or on-line through specific sites as well as in personal email accounts.

Just recently a Jasonville woman received a letter from Canada that contained an authentic check for almost $4,000, but the letter also contained a real scam.

"She went to the bank and was told it was an official check and real bank," explained Debbie Whitaker, who is a relative of the Jasonville woman.

The check is from "Expeditors International" and lists a Wells Fargo bank in Seattle, Wash.

The letter was received on March 22 and makes reference to the recipient being a winner of a lottery office's drawing of $250,000. But, before the recipient could receive the money, she needed to deposit the check sent to her --which according to the letter would cover insurance and surcharge costs.

"The people at the (local) bank also said that by the time she put (the check) in the bank they would have shut down payment and taken the money out of her account," Whitaker added.

The letter is from Sally and Walter Financial, Inc. and requests that the recipient also call a claims agent before acting on the letter.

The letter with the check in part reads: "You are entitled to the sum of US $250,000 payable to you by certified check and will be delivered to you by our special courier company. Enclosed is a check in the amount of US $3,926.69 which has been provided for you by the sponsors. The purpose of this check is to enable you pay for the one time mandatory government surcharge and insurance cover on your winnings."

The surcharge amount totaled $2,825 and the insurance cover totaled $1,100 -- which more than likely would be paid by the recipient through a personal check.

Linton Police Chief Troy Jerrell stressed the importance of remembering if something sounds too good to be true then it probably is.

"A lot (of scams) come out of Canada and Russia. Not to pick on (Canada), but it is just across the border and they can get things set up," he added.

Several scams are also common on-line at craigslist and other such sites, he noted.

"They (scams) work on a person's greed. They make you think you'll make extra money. But, the extra money you're sending is good money and the money you're keeping is not good money."

The good news is that banks are catching on and often times holding checks to make sure they clear, he added.

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