- How to avoid being scammed
The Federal Trade Commission offers the following tips for
consumers to keep in mind before responding to an “It’s Your Lucky
Day” call or letter:
- Legitimate sweepstakes don’t require you to pay or buy
something to enter or improve your chances of winning, or to pay
“taxes” or “shipping and handling charges” in advance.
- Sponsors of legitimate contests identify themselves
prominently; fraudulent promoters are more likely to downplay their
- It’s highly unlikely that you’ve won a “big” prize if your
notification was mailed by bulk rate. Check the postmark on the
envelope or postcard.
- Be suspicious of telemarketers who say you’ve won a contest you
can’t remember entering. Also, contact your local law enforcement
agency about any suspicious letters.
— Ross Farrow
— Source: ConsumerAffairs.com
Posted: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 12:00 am
Updated: 6:08 am, Tue Feb 15, 2011.
It appears that a possible check scam emanating from New York
City may be a new version of one that hit Safeco Insurance two
years ago, according to Lodi banker John Tudor.
Tudor, a vice president of the Umpqua Bank branch on Ham Lane,
was informed of a possible scam when a customer showed him a letter
from a company called “Winners International” and a check appearing
to be from Safeco on Friday afternoon.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 12:00 am.
Updated: 6:08 am.