Always be suspicious of a letter that starts out... "Congratulations! You've won our sweepstakes giveaway..." especially when you know you didn't enter that contest.
A Colorado Springs woman was excited about receiving this letter along with two high-dollar checks, but in the back of her mind she knew it was too good to be true.
Eva Aragon says, "It would be great if it was, you know. Like I say... very limited income and it would be great if it was for real, but I don't think it is."
Eva tried calling the company from our KKTV office, but the crook must've had caller I.D. and hung up on her.
"You guys have called me more than 20 times, do you know that?" "This is the first time i called." (click)
Eva's glad she never cashed the checks.
We called Traco, a window company whose name is prominently displayed on the letterhead and a check.
A spokeswoman told me folks from all over the country have been calling, saying they received the same fraudulent letter and checks.
She says Traco never held a contest, doesn't have a Quebec office, and doesn't bank in Detroit.
We also talked to Jim Moore with ENT Federal Credit Union and he says all kinds of checks are coming in every week. He says listen to your gut.
Jim says, "Kind of trusting that little voice that says, you know... I never was in Canada, or I never was wherever, and I never bought a ticket. I don't know how this worked out."
The twist with this scam... you're asked to buy a surety bond and provide your personal information along with it.
Just remember, legitimate sweepstakes don't require upfront payments. Sweepstakes taxes are paid directly to the IRS, so don't be tempted by crooks.
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