Authorities in Madison County are warning people to be on the look out for a scam.
Police say someone lost nearly five thousand dollars on a sweepstakes scam. The victim was told they were the winner of the sweepstakes, but that they had to pay taxes first in order to get the winnings.
The person was told to cash an advance check for the winnings, then send nearly half that amount for taxes.
The check from the Trinity Financial Award Company of Ontario, Canada was fake.
The Richmond police department is asking that you contact local police for assistance if you ever think something is a scam.