State officials in Connecticut are warning consumers about a postal scam
in which residents are being notified that they’ve “won” a lottery. But what they receive is really a bogus government check bearing the state’s seal. The check arrives in an envelope stamped in another state or country. The scammers instruct the “winner” to deposit the fraudulent check that is supposedly from the state Department of Social Services and then immediately withdraw money to cover administrative fees or taxes on the winnings.
“The scheme is the latest variation on the check overpayment and money-wiring scams that have plagued consumers in recent years,” said state Attorney General George Jepsen.
Jepsen cautioned consumers that government agencies do not send out unsolicited checks as a means to help pay for lotteries or other contests and not to be fooled by a fraudulent check that may look legitimate.
Consumers who receive the mailings or are victims of the scam should report it to the Connecticut Attorney General’s office at Attorney.General@ct.gov. Consumers can also report it to the FTC.
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