“official-looking letters” to some Portage residents.
inform the recipients that they’ve won a second-place prize of $355,000 and
enclose a $4,650 check from the Aetna Life Insurance Company, to be used to
cover the $3,850 “processing fee” required for such a large prize.
instructed to contact a claim agent via email so that the $4,650 check can
be activated; then to cash the activated check and remit the processing fee
to the company to begin the prize claim process. Recipients are supposed to
keep the extra $800 from the processing check as part of their prize.
that if you receive a letter similar to this in the mail and it seems too
good to be true, it usually is,” police said. “DO NOT cash any checks and
send money in the mail because you will become a victim of fraud.”