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Don’t be a victim of lottery check fraud

Matt Cook in his front page article today about a check fraud that’s making the rounds shares the experiences of a local woman who fell victim to this crime.
“Lottery check fraud is becoming more and more prevalent,” Cook relates. “You open the mailbox, quickly thumb through the mail, separating the junk from bills and then you come across a letter from an unheard of organization that looks somewhat legitimate. Once you’re back in your house, you open up the unknown letter and read some curiously exciting news: you have won a mysterious lottery that for some reason you don’t remember entering.”
Does that sound familiar? Maybe it’s a similar story with a slight twist involving your email account that involved a message with the subject line of “urgent: redeem your winnings.”
As Cook points out in his story, fraud is a crime that is easy to fall prey to.
The Ennis Daily News urges readers to be on special alert for these lottery scams and other check fraud schemes. Do not beleive claims that you have one a prize, when you never entered the contest and don’t give out your private financial or personal information. Any offer of prize money that requires you to send in money first should also be considered highly suspect.
Probably the simplest way to avoid a scam is to remember the old phrase “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” and apply it diligently.

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