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.READ MORE: Gen. Colin Powell, Former Secretary Of State, Dies At 84 Due To Complications From COVID-19
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.READ MORE: Gen. Colin Powell Remembered Fondly At His Alma Mater, CCNY, And In The Bronx, Where He Was Raised
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.MORE NEWS: Report: Feds May Allow Americans To Get Different COVID Booster Than Vaccine They First Received
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