North Hudsonite is scam victim -- out $4,900A North Hudson resident was recently the victim of a contest mail scam and lost $4,900 as a result.
By: Meg Heaton, Hudson Star-Observer
A North Hudson resident was recently the victim of a contest mail scam and lost $4,900 as a result.
According to NHPD Chief Mark Richert, a 78-year-old woman received what she thought was a legitimate letter from a popular sweepstakes telling her she had won $1 million. Enclosed in the letter was a check for $5,300 made payable to the woman.
She was told she could collect the balance of her winnings by depositing the check at her bank and then turning around and mailing a personal check of $2,900 to a name and address in British Columbia. The letter said the money was to cover fees and armored car expenses for the rest of the winnings.
The woman contacted her daughter who helped her do as the instructions said. A few days later, the woman received a call from the party in British Columbia requesting an additional $2,000 to cover some additional expenses, which the woman sent. Around the same time, the woman was contacted by her bank and was told the $5,300 check was a fraud.
Richert said the case would be more difficult than usual to investigate because the fraud appears to have originated outside the United States. The chief said he is aware that similar letters have been received in the area and told residents to be suspicious of any offer that requires sending money to receive a prize.