Be wary of new scam in Coweta

by Wes Mayer

The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office is warning Cowetans of a new scam in the county – a scam investigators have actually seen before.

Recently, a Coweta County resident received a letter in the mail from Publisher’s Clearing House. The letter claimed she won second place in the “100 Million Dollars Super Cash Giveaway Promotion” sponsored by “Readers Digest,” “Mega Millions,” and “Multi-State Lottery Association.”

The second place prize she “won” was $2.5 million.

The resident was also mailed a check for $6,845.80 – “to cover insurance and attorney fees” – on the account of Primerica Insurance of Dalton, Ga., said Investigator Danny McDonald with the sheriff’s office. For information on what to do with this money, she was asked to contact her claims manager, Susan Williams, at 1-647-761-1747. It also gave her a security code.

At the bottom of the letter was written, “As required by Federal and State laws, your security code and prize information must be kept strictly confidential, which means you are precluded from discussing your win with third parties.”

The resident then called this number and was told to deposit the check and wire $4,000 for handling charges. The resident’s daughter intervened, however, and the check was not deposited and no money was wired.

According to Lt. Col. James Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office, if you enter and win any Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes, they do not send you anything in the mail. They visit your home with balloons and a giant check. They also do not ask for you to pay handling charges.

Yarbrough said these scammers typically preys on elderly citizens, and this scam has come around to Coweta County before. The number listed in the letter is in the Canadian city of Toronto, Ontario.



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