August 12, 2013 10:51
There are counterfeit checks in the amount of $822.15 circulating as part of a AWARD CLAIM NOTIFICATION scam. You receive notification that you've won $8,221.50 a drawing or lottery; however, you have to pay $500 in tax. Ah, but lucky you, a check in the amount of $822.15 is sent along to pay the $500 tax. The notification arrives by UPS or Fed Ex to make it appear legitimate. So you send a check for $500 to pay the taxes to get your lump sum payment. Problem is the $822.15 check is a counterfeit and will not be honored. You're out $500 and the scammers now have your account information on your check.
Don't fall victim to this scam. When in doubt, don't send money or provide information to businesses or individuals you have not contacted first. Be smart and safe.