Scams continue to plague local mail

Published 1:07 am Sunday, September 21, 2008

Another mail scam has surfaced in Chilton County.

The latest rip-off involves a company called International Ticketing Office in The Netherlands. It states that you and your name has been selected as a winner. With that selection, you might have the chance to win $1.7 million in the $950 million Japan Jumbo Prize Pool.

If you aren’t the first price winner, there are other second place winners that could get over $400,000.

To enter the drawing, however, you have to pay a $30 “acceptance” fee. You can pay the fee with cash, check, money order or by credit card. And the form sent in the mail tells you to use a credit card and fax the acceptance back to them.

Once the apparent scammers have your information, then they can use it to potentially charge bank accounts. Fake checks could be sent back to the victims that could be used by the suspects to take their victim’s money.

This scam has recently been sent out to residents around the area including one who brought the letter to The Clanton Advertiser.

Everyone who receives something that looks like a scam can report it to their local law enforcement agency.

–Brent Maze can be reached at