Law enforcement warns of mail scam in Orleans

Posted 25 July 2017 at 12:32 pm

Press Release, Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force

ALBION – The Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force, along with the Orleans County District Attorney’s Office, is currently investigating a mail scam, where an Orleans County resident received a letter indicating they won $550,000 from Publishers Clearing House.

The letter was accompanied with a check for $7,897, which the letter claimed was part of the winnings.

Investigators made contact with Suntrust Bank and learned this scam was occurring throughout the country and the check written for $7,897 was counterfeit and it was currently under investigation by their security department and law enforcement authorities.

Publishers Clearing House was also contacted and was aware of the scam. Publishers stated that any prizes issued by that company are all made in person, not through the mail, the Task Force said in a news release.

The Task Force and District Attorney’s Office would like to make the residents of Orleans County and surrounding counties aware of this current mail scam which is typically designed to target the elderly.

If you or someone you know has received this type of letter, or are suspicious of mail you receive regarding this type of activity, please notify law enforcement.

This investigation is ongoing.

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