When the letter shows up in the victim’s mailbox, it seems too good to be true.
“Congratulations,” the letter says followed by the victim’s name. “$1,978,779.77 has now been confirmed for delivery to your address … this is the notice you have been waiting for all your life!”
But that money will never come, police said, and though the letter may seem official it is part of an elaborate scam that continues to con Madera County residents out of their hard-earned cash.
“As the old adage goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it is,” said Erica Stuart, spokeswoman for the Madera County Sheriff’s Department. “Our department has issued hundreds of warnings about this over the years … The premise is always the same; you just won, in order to receive the prize you have to do what they ask which always involves sending personal information and money to them.” ...