GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Dorothy Dekraker couldn't believe her luck.
A notice from Publishers ClearingHouse arrived in the mail awarding her a prize of $1 million.Included in the mailing was a "certified" check for more than$5,000 that she was urged to cash right away.
"First thing I thought is according to the letter was that I won$1 million!" Dekraker told 24 Hour News 8. "They said I did."
Instead of winning a prize Dekraker was nearly the victim of ascam. The mailing was designed to look legitimate, complete withthe Publishers Clearing House logo and a fancy gold stickerembossed on the check.
But it wasn't.
Overseas scammers looking to make a quick score had targetedDekraker.
24 hour News 8 contacted Publishers Clearing House VicePresident Chris Irving who said they were aware of the scam.
"We've been hearing about these fake check scams. As to wherethe money goes we've heard reports it goes anywhere from Canada tooverseas, to Jamaica to Nigeria to the Middle East," he said.
Law enforcement is working with PCH to identify the scamartists. They urge anyone who receives a similar mailing to ignoreit, and never provide personal or financial information in exchangefor prize money.
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