Foreign Lottery Scam

By: Erica Dao
By: Erica Dao

David Matthews got quite a surprise when he checked his mail on December 27th.
"I thought wow, I'm going to win a lot of money here you know," said David Matthews.
Matthews received a mysterious envelope and when he opened it, he found a check for $1,950 and a letter saying that he won $95,000 dollars. But the name on the letter isn't even correct.
It didn't seem right, so Matthews decided to do a little digging and he called the bank listed on the check.
"I told her about the check that was drawn and what account and she says, 'does the check come with euro lotto?' I said, 'yeah' and she said, 'bogus check'."
Eau Claire police say these foreign lotto scams have been going on for years.
"It just simply changes with the technology. It was a mailing, than it was a faxing, than it was internet and sometimes they just use the mailing still. These have been around forever," said Jack Corey of the Eau Claire police department.
Any fraudulent mailings that are received can be reported by filling out a form at the local post office. If U.S. Postal investigators start to see a pattern on complaints, administrative or prosecutive action may be taken against the violator.
When it comes down to it, if you didn't enter,you can't win.


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