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.


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  • by eric Location: greenville on Oct 6, 2007 at 01:58 PM
    Why didn't they report on what she spent it on, I mean $5000 gone in just a few days. If your not sure of something then why would you go out and spend it. If stupid was a crime she would be guilty. Take whatever she bought back. I feel sorry for her if she spent the winnings on bills but for some reason I doubt that was the case. These scams have been going on for years and if you fall for one then you need to be held responsible.
  • by Jenny Location: greenville on Oct 5, 2007 at 02:15 PM
    I do feel bad for the lady.don't cash nothing that you don't know where it really comes from.
  • by angela Location: rocky mount on Oct 4, 2007 at 03:15 AM
    folks please wake up. This scam has been around for a long time. You have to really pay attention to what's free and what's not. We know one thing that's not free is MONEY! Sorry lady the money wasn't yours at the beginning and it's not going to be yours at the end.
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