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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT - SCAM ALERT
The Saline County Sheriff's Office has received complaints from citizens regarding possible scams through the mail. Citizens have received a letter from "trustnet- a financial express company" in Arlington TX, stating they are winners in the NORTH AMERICA CONSUMER PROMOTION DRAW, and are entitled to a large sum of money (anywhere from $50,000 to $75,000).
The letter has instructions to call the claim agent in order to receive the winning payable by certified check. The letter also indicates there is a processing and insurance fee which is required before the lump sum can be sent out.
Included in the letter is a check, exceeding the amount of the processing fee.
Upon calling the claim agent, they instruct you to cash the check then call them back, and they will provide instruction on where to send the processing fee so the winner can claim the reward.
This is a scam! DO NOT CASH THE CHECK!
The check is a forgery, and written on a closed account from an actual bank. If you are able to get the check cashed, it will "bounce" and you will be charged for the amount. This will most likely occur after you have already sent $1000 in cash to an unknown person.
After you have a bounced check, and are $1000 in debt, you may be tempted to contact the company again. The company will then gladly reimburse you for your trouble, and ask for your bank account information so they can deposit money into your account.
This is the second part to the scam, to obtain your bank account information and have access to your money.
Be wary of any sweepstakes, drawings, or lotteries that you did not actually sign up for. If you have to pay any money to receive a prize, it is not valid. Also, you cannot legally claim a prize from another country. This particular letter was actually mailed from Ontario, Canada.
If you have any questions or concerns about this, or any other similar situations, please contact us at 660-886-5512 or stop by the Saline County Sheriff's Office.