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 October 30th, 2008  
If it looks too good to be true, it probably is, warns St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara
Times are tough, and money is in short supply. Nobody’s giving it away, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

“If you get a phone call, e-mail or letter telling saying you’ve won a lottery or raffle that you can’t remember signing up for, don’t believe it,” Sheriff Mascara said. “The lottery scam has been with us for a long time, and it’s happening all over the country.”

In this scam, you may receive a check that you’re supposed to deposit in your bank account. Then you’re told to send someone a processing or distribution fee.

Sheriff Mascara says that you become financially responsible for the “money” deposited in your account, which always turns out to be a bad check.

“This happened to a St. Lucie County resident the other day,” Sheriff Mascara said. “Fortunately, he recognized it for the scam that it was and didn’t lose any money.”

Just remember: Nobody’s giving money away — especially not these days.

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