Tuesday, September 6, 2005
A letter brought into the Sunnyside Police Department this morning (Tuesday) certainly looked legitimate, but upon further inspection Sunnyside police officers confirmed what the letter recipient believed.
"The letter announced the recipient was a winner of $8,895 from Global Trust Fund and in line to receive $1 million. But it's all a scam," said Sunnyside Police Officer Jim Ortiz.
"The man who brought in the letter was concerned he might be the victim of a scam," said a department spokesman.
"The letter requested that he deposit the very real looking check in his bank account and then return 68 percent of it to the Global Trust Fund," Ortiz said.
The man was told he would receive $1 million if he followed the instructions in the letter, Ortiz said.
Ortiz said the Better Business Bureau recently issued an alert warning consumers of such scams.
"There are quite a few of these going around right now," said Ortiz, who added that while the letter and the check look authentic, consumers are urged to check with the Better Business Bureau about any letters or phone calls requests asking for money to make money, he added.