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.
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 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.