Woman Finds Lottery Check A Scam

It's the type of scam police say is common and easy for someone to commit.

Susan Hardy of Greenville says it happened to her last week. Hardy says she received a letter and a check for almost $5,000 in the mail. The letter stated she won a lottery out of Switzerland, but to get her $250,000 in winnings, she would need to cash the first check and send $2,000 back for taxes. After depositing the check in her account, the bank gave her the cash and she spent it. Hardy says she was shocked when the bank later told her the check was a fake.

Hardy says her bank held her responsible for the fraudulent check and says she had to return the money or she could be criminally charged. Authorities say if that happens, you could be charged with a felony.