Not a winner: Scam sweepstakes letters, checks mailed to U.P. residents | #phishing | #scams


SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – Sweepstakes prize letters and checks are being mailed to Upper Peninsula residents, but the recipients aren’t winners.

“They look authentic and come with a check,” the Sault Ste. Marie Police Department said in an alert to residents. “These are not real prizes! Do not deposit these checks!”

The fraudulent sweepstakes appear to be from Publisher’s Clearinghouse, but they are not, police said.

The department shared a sample of the fraudulent letters, which declare the recipient to be a second place winner in the “100 Million Dollars Super Cash Giveaway Promotion.” The recipient is told they won $2.5 million and that the check that comes with the letter is meant to cover insurance and attorney fees. However, the letter instructs the recipient to call the “claims manager” listed therein before depositing it. The letter also states that the prize information must be kept “strictly confidential” and cannot, under penalty of law, be discussed with third parties.

“We would also like to remind everyone to never share bank or personal information over the phone,” the department said.

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