New Sweepstakes Scam Warning 06 Sep 13

The McLeod County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents of a sweepstakes scam that is making its way through the mail. Officials say residents are getting a letter that says “You are the Lucky winner of a Shopper’s Sweepstake by shopping at one of the following North American Stores: Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Sears, Costco, Home Depot, Office Depot, Staples, Best Buy, etc.” The letter also says not to disclose the letter to anyone, and that it is not to leave your residence because it holds your claim number on the enclosed check. It says to call your claims consultant to have them remit your winnings to you within three working days. Authorities say that will not happen, it’s a scam, and you should not cash the check or respond to the letter in any way.