Sacto 9-1-1
April 5, 2013
Sac State police warn of scam involving fake checks

The Sacramento State Police Department warns the public to beware of an ongoing fraud involving fictitious checks that use identifying information of the University Foundation of Sacramento State.

The perpetrators of the scam have sent fictitious checks with a letter giving the false promise that the recipient has won an international lottery. They seek to persuade the recipient to deposit the fake check and then send payment to the "Intercontinental Lottery Management INC." to pay the taxes on the fake lottery winnings, according to a Police Department news release.

Days later, the victims learn from their bank that the check was fake and they are out the money they sent to the purported lottery firm.

Police urge anyone receiving such checks not to cash or attempt to cash them, and not to send payments to any lottery company without investigating to determine whether it is legitimate. Individuals who try to cash such checks could be held liable for passing fictitious checks and will not be able to get their money back, officials said.

The scam constitutes mail fraud, and people receiving the fraudulent checks are advised to file a report with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

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