Sheriff: Contest CON MEN want your money

June 21, 2007 at 1:40 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

A phony check scam being propagated in St. Charles Parish has prompted authorities to once again remind locals that the old adage still rings true, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Sheriff Greg Champagne issued a release June 14 warning locals of a scam arriving in people's mailboxes known as the "Advance Fee Scheme."

Champagne was alerted to the potential scam after a curious resident brought an envelope he received at his house with a check enclosed for $1,986.19. The check also included a letter from a fictitious company stating that he was a selected winner of a computerized drawing recently held by their company.

The letter stated that the "winner" should hold the phony check for a specified amount of time while also requesting that money be sent to the phony company to cover all processing and administration fees associated with the contest and send the specified amount to an address listed within the letter.

It also stated that the potential victim wait for a few days before cashing the check, but a person has already gotten to the last step in the letter there is a very good chance their money is gone for good, Champagne said.

"By that time it's too late. They have already swindled the victim out of money."

The Sheriff's Office gives the following tips to avoid similar schemes:

- If the offer of an "opportunity" appears too good to be true, it probably is.
- Know who you are dealing with.
- Make sure you fully understand any business agreement that you enter into.

Champagne suggests that if you come across similar material in your mail to have it shredded as soon as possible or contact he sheriff's office at (985) 783-1135.

View other articles written Caleb Frey

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