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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