DeWitt Police Warn of Scam

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The window at City Hall and the DeWitt Police Department. The DeWitt Police Department is warning residents of a scam circulating through the mail. (Photo: Monica Reida)

The window at City Hall and the DeWitt Police Department. The DeWitt Police Department is warning residents of a scam circulating through the mail. (Photo: Monica Reida)

By Monica Reida, Staff Writer

DeWitt police are warning residents of a scam currently being circulated through the mail. The scam involves recipients being told by letter and a check that they have won a prize from Publishers Clearing House. The check looks authentic but is fake.

The envelope, which is sent from Canada, does not bear the Publishers Clearing House logo, neither does the letter.

The letter being used as part of the scam. The DeWitt Police Department has redacted some information for privacy reasons. (Photo: Monica Reida.)

The letter used in the scam. The DeWitt Police Department has redacted some information for privacy reasons. (Photo: Monica Reida.)

DeWitt police chief, Bruce Ferguson, said a Clinton County resident who called the DeWitt Police Department alerted the police to the scam. Ferguson pointed out anyone with a mailbox could receive the letter.

“It may be obvious for some folks [it’s a scam], but it may not be obvious for most folks,” Ferguson said.

Ferguson said the DeWitt Police Department called the numbers listed in the letter and received recorded messages but never a real person. Ferguson also said no one has lost money in the scam so far.

The check used in the scam as well as the envelope both the check and letter were sent in. The stamp on the envelope is from Canada. (Photo: Monica Reida.)

The check used in the scam as well as the envelope both the check and letter were sent in. The stamp on the envelope is from Canada. (Photo: Monica Reida.)

The DeWitt Police Department is not investigating the scam.

“What’s most productive for us in law enforcement is to just warn people,” Ferguson said.

If anyone has any suspicions for any mailing, Ferguson encourages residents to call their local law enforcement agency.

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