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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

It's A Scam!

You know how you always hear on the news how people get ripped off for tons of money by some scam that looks really legit? I always look at those stories and think how dumb the victims must be to let that happen to them. I still think that. But yesterday, we were the target of one of those scams. Hubs is opening the mail when he says "Hey, what's this?" I look over and he's holding a check for $4,495.00 and he's reading a letter that accompanied the check. He says to me, "This must be a scam. It has to be a scam." I start reading the letter, and it sounds really legitimate. "You were chosen a winner in blah-blah sweepstakes, and we've made several attempts to contact you to give you your winnings...blah, blah, blah". Hubs and both look over the check and it appears to be a real, honest-to-goodness legitimate check made out to Hubs' name in the amount of $4,495. And, the letter states that this is the "down-payment" of the total winnings of $250,000.00US dollars to be paid to us upon receipt by the sweepstakes company of $2,495.00 paid by us as the tax liability payment. Hubs says, "This is the scam right here." I said, "But, isn't this check more than enough to cover the taxes? We could cash this and still have money left over. But I will go look up this company online and see if they are legit or not." So I go online and enter a search for the 'sweepstakes company' name, and the very first website that pops up is a report from someone else who go the exact same check and letter in the mail, and that it is a big scam. This person had taken the check to his bank and the bank said it was a fraud, and that if they would have cashed the check it would have wiped out this man's entire bank account. Several other sites followed, all of them stating this is a scam. I was not surprised, but, I must say, I was a tiny bit disapointed. Come on, who out there wouldn't like to get a nice tidy little sum of money in the mail?! I told Hubs the old addage: If it sounds too good to be true,it's because it isn't true! Well, at least we had the good sense to check it out before getting ripped off.

1 comments:

It's All Good! said...

I know the internet has it's bad rap and everyone needs to have control, but the convenience of being able to go online and checking on just what you're talking about is a lifesaver. The sad thing is for the one's who are struggling due to the economy, and think it's money from heaven. And are deceived.
God bless!