Sacto 9-1-1
July 30, 2008
Bee scam story elicits another warning

A Citrus Heights resident found Wesley DeBerry's lottery mail scam story in today's Bee eerily familiar.

Dennis Snyder said his wife, Rose, received a similar letter containing a check for $4,875 from Commerce Bank in Aurora, Colo. It said she won a the America Shoppers Sweepstakes on May 5. But Dennis said his wife doesn't enter such contests.

The check was from a different bank than the one cited in today's story, but Snyder's letter directed her to call the International Claim Dept. in Chatham, Ontario. It instructed her to deposit the check and pay $2,975 via Moneygram or Western Union.

As Matthew Cram, a spokesman for TD Bank Financial Group, said in today's story, "Our usual message to customers is if too good to be true, it probably is."

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