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Counterfeit checks issued in sweepskates scam
DECATUR, Ala. (9/29/08)--Counterfeit checks bearing the name of Family Security CU have been received by recipients of a "sweepstakes" letter in Maryland and Virginia. According to the Decatur, Ala.-based credit union, the bogus checks for $3,895.85 arrived with a memo from "First Capital Alliance Ltd." in New Brunswick, Canada, bearing a claim number: FA/8/S/3/A. The memo tells recipients they won a sweepstakes "sponsored by a group of multi-national companies in North America." It mentions a random drawing from "Federal Computer Data Bank." The "winners" are told they won $180,000, that the amount of the check will be deducted from the winnings, and that they will use $2,800 of the check to pay for surcharges and taxes on the winnings. It also notes that no personal information, such as the winners' bank account, credit card number or Social Security number, is required. The victims are required to call a number to "activate" and clarify the sweepstakes offer. The numbers are New Brunswick numbers. According to Gina Turney, director of compliance and security at the credit union, attempts to call the numbers did not go through because there was no room to record new messages.
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