After checking her mailbox one evening, KTRE's Producer Allison Landry found she was the target of chain mail money scam. "My favorite line is, 'would you trade $128.40 for over $800,000?' Basically, it is a scam because they want me to send them money and supposedly, in return, I will receive tons of money," says Landry.
Authorities say this is an old scam with a new twist. "We do see them from time to time -- not frequently, but from time to time," says Detective Mike Shurley.
The scam letter may sound ridiculous, but authorities say some East Texans are still fooled. Allison was able to catch the scam, but not everyone is so lucky, and she wanted to make them aware. "I just laughed it off at first, but I started thinking about it, and I was just concerned about some of the elderly and people who may be naive to something of this nature, and may not know it's a scam right off," says Landry. "You've heard the saying, 'if something sounds to good to be true, it probably is,' and I think this certainly falls into that category. If you receive a letter in the mail from someone you don't even know..." says Landry.