Sheriff's department issues warning about lottery scam

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Scott County Sheriff's Department warned residents Monday of a mail and phone scam used to obtain personal bank information.

At least one Scott County resident has received a letter from Rockaway Processing of Montreal claiming to offer prizes from an international mega lottery drawing, a news release from the Scott County Sheriff's Department stated.

The letter includes a $2,700 check made out to the victim to pay for "insurance and processing fees" drawn on Citibank in Seattle.The victim was said to be a finalist in line for $15.75 million and will receive $250,000, the release stated.

In order to claim his or her winnings, the victim has to call a coordinator who will ask for bank information so the prize can be directly deposited into the account.

The sheriff's department called Citibank in Seattle, who confirmed the letter was fraudulent.

"This is just one more of the many scams out there to try to take advantage of people's greed and gullibility," Sheriff Rick Walter said in the news release. "If it appears too good to be true, it probably is."

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