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Consumer - Sweepstakes/Fake Check scams

Consumers should be very suspicious about offers to:

These scammers practice their con every day, and can become exceptionally convincing. A major warning sign is if someone you do not know wants to pay you by check but wants you to wire some of the money back.  Many mailings arrive with realistic-looking checks that are fake.  Even though your bank may initially cash such a check, when it is determined to be fake months later, you will owe the money to cover it. 

Tips to remember:

More Information:

For more information on fake check scams:
http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2009/june/auctionfraud_063009
http://www.fakechecks.org/preventionOverpayments.html

For more information on sweepstakes fraud:
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/phonefraud/sweepstakes.shtml

Where to File a Complaint:

Sweepstakes/Lottery from a U.S. Company

You may file a complaint with our office.

You may also file a complaint with:

United States Postal Inspector's Office
Federal Trade Commission

(Although the FTC cannot resolve individual disputes, the information you provide may help indicate a pattern of possible law violations requiring action by the FTC or other law enforcement agency.)