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 February 12th, 2009  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara says donít fall for official-looking check and notification letter
If you get a letter and check from “Zenith Financial and Trust” of Canada claiming you won the “American Shoppers Lottery,” take a deep breath, call 9-1-1 and don’t send money as the letter asks, warns St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

“This is a scam to get you to send $2,875 to the scam artists by Western Union or Moneygram. If you do so, you will be kissing $2,875 goodbye,” the Sheriff said. “One of our employees who wishes to remain anonymous got the letter and the phony check.”

The letter claims you have won some kind of lottery and that you will receive $125,000. But first, the letter says, you must send $2,875 or some other amount to the “claim department” in Canada to “cover the taxes.”

Sheriff Mascara says if you get this letter, don’t send money. Call 9-1-1. “You didn’t win the lottery, and you don’t owe any taxes on your ‘winnings,’ since you didn’t win anything.”

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