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Fraud scheme by letter circulating

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

BENTON -- At least one Scott County resident was contacted with a fraudulent scheme to gain confidential bank information.

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter explained the way the scheme works is a letter from Rockaway Processing of Montreal, Canada, arrives with a check for $2,700 made out to the victim to pay "insurance and processing fees" drawn on Citibank in Seattle, Wash. The letter states the receiver has won an international mega lotto drawing and is among 63 finalists in line for $15,750,000. The victim's part is $250,000.

Walter said he has contacted Citibank in Seattle and this is a fraudulent scheme.

In order to claim a share of the winnings, the victim has to call a claims coordinator who will ask for confidential bank information, so the victim's winnings can be direct deposited. Of course, all they are really after is the bank information, Walter said.

"This is just one more of the many scams out there to try to take advantage of people's greed and gullibility," said Walter. "Before releasing confidential information of any kind, know who you are talking to. It it appears too good to be true, it probably is."