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Bogus Publisher's Clearinghouse Sweepstakes scam hits East Texas

LUFKIN, TX- Lufkin Police investigators are warning of a new twist to an old scam that is making it's way around East Texas.  The con artists are using the popular Publisher's Clearinghouse Sweepstakes to hook you.

KTRE received a call last Friday from a viewer asking about a letter she had received in the mail.  The letter said she had won and included a check.  It also directed her to call KTRE and two other television stations because we had been notified that she was a winner.  Not true it's a scam.

Lufkin Police Lt. David Young tells KTRE that a Lufkin senior citizen received a similar letter Monday that purports to be from Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes.  The logo on the letter looks like the real one.  The letter contained a check for almost $1900 and gave instructions on a number to call for instructions on how to collect second place winnings of $100,000. 

Lt. Young says some clues that the notice is a fake is that it is postmarked Canada, the check is from LaGrange Indiana and the letter contains a notary stamp (without signature) from Colorado.  The letter also contains language that indicates the writer is not likely fluent in the English language.

Citizens should be alert for scams that resemble real contests.  These scammers frequently target senior citizens but anyone may receive one of these letters and look for the clues that it may be fake.

In this case, had the intended victim contacted someone at the number given they likely would have been instructed to deposit the check and send money to someone in Canada.  The check of course is bogus and the victim would be out the amount sent to Canada.

This week is National Consumer Protection Week.  Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is warning Texans about fraudulent scams - particularly schemes that surface during challenging economic times. National Consumer Protection Week lasts from March 1-7.



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