Thanks to Barry and Nancy who recently gave 11 News identical letters they both received in the mail. They claim to be written by a man named Anthony Cole with a business proposition.
This complete stranger claims he did a search and found that Barry and Nancy had strong business skills and good financial standing.
He made them an offer to help him manage a large sum of money. In fact, it's so special he wants them to keep quiet and not tell anyone.
He requires just four things: an office phone, a cell phone, a fax number, and an email address.
Anthony doesn't give a phone number or a physical address, just an email which I responded to, but have not heard back.
Don't waste your time with this crook. Experts tell me his goal is to send you checks, have you deposit them in your account, and then wire most of the funds overseas.
You supposedly would earn money by keeping part of the proceeds, but before victims realize the checks are no good, their account is cleaned out.
The first clue something's wrong is the stamp from Canada on the envelope. Remember that local police can't go after crooks who're operating outside our borders. And, once you wire money outside of the U.S., it's gone.
No matter how the criminals try to contact you - through the phone, text messages, email, or snail mail - the scam is essentially the same.
If you're ever suspicious of an offer you've received, you can send it to us at KKTV 11 News or give us a call. We'll help you check it out!