DiNapoli Warns Of NY Sweepstakes Scam With Twist

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — This scam should be easy to sniff out: It depends on people believing government is giving them thousands of dollars.

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli warns the fraud is widespread.

The scam tells consumers they won hundreds of thousands of dollars from a USA Mega lottery drawing in August. A company using the name Alpha Financial Services of Canada in Nova Scotia tells the would-be victims it has been assigned to inform winners and pay them off.

Included in the letter to potential victims is a counterfeit New York state check for thousands of dollars and a message to contact a claims agent to “activate” the check.

The scam may play upon a service by the comptroller’s office that tries to match unclaimed funds to New Yorkers who might not know they’re owed money.

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  • Robert

    OK, but what is the scam part? Where do they bilk the victim? I think of a scam as a set-up where evil-dewars trick the target out of money. Where is the part of the story where the victims lose money? How do we protect ourselves if you don’t tell us the essence of the scam?

  • frank rizzo

    How are you sure it’s a scam? Should just cash the check and keep all that money!!!

  • Alicia

    As the saying goes “you gotta be in it, to win it”. That goes for every lottery there is, so if you didn’t enter, and someone tells you, you’ve won, it’s a scam.

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