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.