Area scam involves ‘free’ money in the mail

By Darla Higgins

Jimplecute Staff Writer

When Jefferson resident Jessie Walker opened her mail recently, she was surprised to see that one letter contained what appeared to be a real check. The amount: $2,350.

But Walker wasn’t expecting a check from anyone in that amount. Enclosed with it was a letter from Fidelity Financial Incorporated, which noted that she was “the 2nd prize winner in the second category of the European, African and North America consumer sweepstake, in conjunction with Department Stores.”

The letter informed Walker that she has won $250,000. So far, a pretty typical Nigerian- prince type of scam – but the check, made out to Walker herself, was a new twist.

“Enclosed is a check in the amount of US $2,350 provided to help you pay for the processing fee,” it says, noting that the fee is $1,850.

In order to activate the check, recipients are asked to call “claims agent” David Hull. “Please adhere to his instructions,” it notes.

“I knew it was a scam,” Walker said. “But it does look like a real check. If you’re not careful, you’ll fall for that.”

Two calls made to Claims Agent Hull resulted in him hanging up the phone after questions were asked.

Marion County Sheriff David McKnight offered suggestions for others in the area who may receive the same letter.

“The best advice I have for citizens…

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