New Scam Comes With Different Twist

We often hear about fake checks, sent to people in the mail. They usually come with a notice saying you've won a sweepstakes.

A southern Kentucky man says he received such a letter, but this time, it came with a different twist.

This letter didn't ask for the recipient to send them money. Instead, it was just a check that looked real. Henry Kirkpatrick got a letter saying he'd won $250,000. He then took it to work to show off to his friends.
One of them became suspicious, and soon found out the letter wasn't what it seemed.

There were two phone numbers on the letter, but neither of them would tell anything about the drawing. But the person who answered strongly urged depositing the check.

Kirkpatrick's name was also spelled wrong on the check, another clue something was wrong.

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  • by Me Location: Frenchburg on Jun 25, 2007 at 07:46 AM
    I agree with some of the others. I think the banks should hold these checks to make sure it does go through but again it isn't all their responsibility. For one if it seems to good to be true 99% of the time it is! Secondly if you receive one of these and you take it to the bank why don't you take the initiative to ASK the bank YOURSELF to hold the funds until they find out if the draft will go through and there is actually funds there for you. No ones fault but the gulible or greedy person who took the check and cashed it... Not the bank for doing as the client ask as long as the check looked authenic. The send some but think about it that person DIDN'T MAKE the other one cash the check they just sent it in hopes that they would. So take a little responsibiilty upon yourself as an adult and check things out that seem to good to be true!
  • by J0e Location: KY on Jun 23, 2007 at 01:39 PM
    It's just another case of people not wanting to take responsibility for their own actions. If you didn't enter the contest, you can't win...period!
  • by Ruth Location: Madison on Jun 23, 2007 at 08:44 AM
    It is hard to remember every contest you enter if you enter a lot. And some people can't read very well. Should they be blamed if they cash the check? What about the responsibility of the bank cashier??? What kind of bank would cash a check like that and not put a hold on it to see if it went through? This does not make any sense to me at all.
  • by RS Location: Lex on Jun 22, 2007 at 07:01 PM
    um, no. phone calls cannot always be traced. Voice over IP calls can be masked and untracable. I mean *totally* untracable. Go ahead, check it out.
  • by Anonymous Location: morehead on Jun 21, 2007 at 10:10 PM
    yes they could trace the phone call back to them .. and they should be made to pay .. this would stop all this !! somebody do something !!
  • by Anonymous Location: MOREHEAD on Jun 21, 2007 at 10:05 PM
    my mother recieved one of them . she is 70 years old. said she won a lottery they sent a check for her to cash then they wanted her to send money for prossing .. we looked up the company it was drawed on it was a real company we sent copys to them. no resonse back .. they where from canada ... they need to stop mail from coming here ...they have been people that cashed these checks they where no good !!!!
  • by ralph Location: pikeville on Jun 21, 2007 at 03:49 PM
  • by bob Location: georgetown on Jun 21, 2007 at 03:46 PM
    I've always heard ignorance is bliss. Kentucky is full of bliss. Otherwise, why do we put up with the politics, education system and all the other things we are always "first" in.
  • by Joey Location: Winchester on Jun 21, 2007 at 11:27 AM
    Well, I gotta agree with Jen. If people are stupid enough to cash a check they know they shouldn't be getting or take something from someone they don't know or believe they won a contest they NEVER entered, they deserve what they get even if it is screwed!
  • by WALLY Location: MANCHESTER on Jun 21, 2007 at 08:14 AM
    Personnal I agree with Charlene from Winchester,Ky. Ever who sent the "CHECK" to receipient should have pay him anyway.
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