Woman Is Nearly Scammed

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

An eastern Kentucky woman says a letter of congratulations and a check in the mail seemed like the real thing and she almost fell for it.

The Floyd County woman wants to make sure you don't fall victim to the same scam.

Ginger Halbert was pleasantly surprised to open the mail and find a check for more than 3-thousand dollars, made out to her.

“It was from JP Morgan, which automatically, this is a legit company in the United States, so it was realistic,” Halbert said.

The check came with a letter from a company Halbert didn't recognize, saying she was the lucky winner of a random selection of names from Publisher's Clearinghouse or Reader's Digest.

“I thought, Well I'll call and speak to the people and see what it's all about,” Halbert said.

Halbert says at first the woman on the other line sounded convincing.

“When I started talking to her, it was always, 'hurry, hurry, hurry. hurry, get the check in. hurry and call me back just as soon as you get the check in. that's when it scared me,” Halbert said.

Halbert hung up the phone and went online to look up the Texas-based company on the letterhead.

She found another phone number, and another story from the employee who answered.

Halbert took her case to the FBI, but says they told her since she didn't lose any money, all they can do is use these documents as evidence if someone else falls for the same scam.

“I said well, one thing I am going to do, I'm going to get a hold of the news and let people know it,” Halbert said.

Halbert says there's no telling how much money she could've lost, if she hadn't followed her instincts.


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  • by Mary Location: L on Dec 19, 2007 at 09:17 AM
    I agree K...but then we all know that laws are made for the outlaws and none to protect the innocent. Its a shame we live in a country where the outlaws have more rights than those of us that follow the rules.
  • by k Location: london on Dec 19, 2007 at 05:29 AM
    its a shame that you have to lose money before anyone will do anything...and then im sure you will never see your money again !!!
  • by c Location: fkt on Dec 19, 2007 at 04:39 AM
    It's a shame the government cannot stop such theives! My e-mail is always full of these idiots that think I'm dumb enough to fall for their scam! I received a check for $5000 yesterday and threw it in the trash because I know that I didn't enter a contest and couldn't have won anything! The attorney general's office is USELESS in these types of robbery! Same way with the false advertising, the AG is USELESS! NOTHING IS FREE! Yet you have companies on TV constantly saying something is free! One that comes to mind is FreeCreditReport.com! I lost $80 dollars to these people because it wasn't free as they advertised! You have to pay a membership fee that's in tiny print! So consumers need to be aware of these types of gimmicks! Because the government sure don't care if they steal you blind! I agree with the comment: If it looks or (sounds) to good to be true..it probably is not true! It's a gimmick!!
  • by B Location: London on Dec 18, 2007 at 09:51 AM
    It is great that she came forward and told of this scam because maybe others will read about her experience and be less likely to fall for it because of her. Good job Ms. Halbert!
  • by The Bottom LIne on Dec 18, 2007 at 05:33 AM
    If you didn't enter a contest, you can't win a contest...period.
  • by Jack Location: West Van Lear on Dec 18, 2007 at 05:24 AM
    again...if it looks too good to be true...it probaly is not true.

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