Woman warns others about international sweepstakes check
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Time can often help you from making a rash decision and for one Valley woman it prevented her from falling victim to a ploy.
"I'm not terribly lucky in that way," said Nanette Bonderson.
That's why Nanette said she never enters sweepstakes. But much to her surprise a letter she recently got in the mail said she was a winner.
"It's a check for $3,900," said Nanette.
The letter said the money is to help Nanette pay the $2,400 processing fee to collect a prize for an international sweepstakes. A little leery, Nanette called the claim agent Kevin whose number is on the letter.
"He said call me back after you deposit the check," said Nanette.
She mulled over this whole thing for about a week before going to the bank to do a little homework. Nanette asked the teller to verify the account number on the check.
"Alerts and red flags came up all over the place," said Nanette.
She said the teller told her to shred the check, instead Nanette called Contact 13 and we gave Kevin a call.
"She never entered a sweepstake so how is it possible she won $3,900," asked Action News anchor Tricia Kean.
When we started asking more questions, Kevin hung up.
We checked with Chase Bank who said they did receive a counterfeit check on this account and are aware of the attempted fraud against this account. They said they are continuing to investigate it. Nanette wanted to share her story so others won't just see the dollar signs and deposit the check.
"I just hope that I can save someone from some heartache," said Nanette.
According to the Federal Trade Commission legitimate sweepstakes don't require you to pay money to collect your prize. They said keep this in mind: It's illegal to play a foreign lottery.
You can be a proactive consumer by reporting these type of letters to the FTC. Click here to learn how to do so.