From PPD: Another scam promising to pay large sums of money and “change your life forever” has surfaced in the Pensacola area.
The “final notice” informs recipients they are one of the “lucky winners in the second category of the UK & North American Consumer Promotional and a Compensation Draw organized for all customers of Wal-Mart, Sears, Home Depot, Walgreen, Target, Macys Etc. held on June 21.”
The notice advises people not to act on the final notice until they speak with their claim agent for further instructions on how to claim their winnings within seven business days.
People are then promised a lump sum of $71,000 after they pay almost $3,000 to receive the money. A check for $3,987 is attached to the flyer with instructions for the recipient to deposit it and use it to pay the “non-resident govt. service tax and insurance.”
However, by the time they pay the money and realize they have been duped, they have lost their money investment and have no way of getting it back.
So once again, the best piece of advice to follow is: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Anyone having questions about this or other scam can contact Detective Kim Long at 435 – 1970.