The lottery scam has been around for years and shows no signs of wavering. It is a crime to send fraudulent checks to the unsuspecting public.
These checks come from familiar and unfamiliar companies across the globe. A seemingly authentic check and congratulatory letter is sent in your name with explicit instructions to deposit the check and mail a nominal tax or clearance fee to the company in the amount of the check sent to you in order to claim your grand prize. It can take several days for the deposited check to come back fraudulent and within that time, you have lost the money you have mailed to claim your winnings.
This is a scam and can only be stopped by you. If you receive a check in the mail from an unknown entity that you are not expecting, you have several options to safeguard yourself from financial loss.
Contact your bank or financial institute to confirm the authenticity of the check. If the check is fraudulent, the bank will notify you.
If you believe you have been a victim of this scam and would like to file an official report, contact local dispatch at (970) 244-3917.
If you would like more information about the Lottery Scam, contact the Mesa County Sherif's Office at (970) 244-3500.