CARUTHERSVILLE - A scam to dupe residents out of $1,900 has prompted a warning from law enforcement officials.
Pemiscot County Sheriff Tommy Greenwell said a citizen reported receiving a letter from the Woodford Lottery Incorporated. The letter advised the recipient was entitled to $200,000 and included a check payable for $2,300, reportedly deducted from the winnings which is to be used to pay non-
resident government taxes.
In order to receive the winnings, the recipient was asked to send $1,900 by money gram.
"In the letter it requires you to contact the nearest assigned claim agent for further instructions and finalizing the rest of the payment and winnings," said Greenwell in a press release.
He urged residents to be aware of the scam and if they receive such a letter or a similar offer to contact the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office or their local law enforcement agency.
Currently officers from the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department are contacting the Missouri Attorney General's office for assistance in their investigation, Greenwell said.