Commerce Clearing House, Inc. Scam

The scam letter appears to come from a business called Commerce Clearing House, Inc. The letter comes with a check for $3,875. That's the money the recipient is supposed to pay on taxes in order to get a 55-thousand dollar sweepstakes prize.

The letter was mailed from Canada, and it says to cash the check and wire that amount via money gram at Wal-Mart. This is a scam.

Anytime you're asked to cash a check and wire money, beware. If you think there's no harm in cashing or depositing a check you receive, think again. If it's fake, the bank may charge you for the amount of the check, in the case, $3,875. Bank tellers can't always tell if a check is fake right away.

Our thanks to Shelia Gambill in Dudley and William Williams of the Goose Creek area in Carteret County for passing this along.


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  • by Kimberly Location: Washington, NC on Oct 24, 2008 at 05:21 PM
    I recieved a similar letter in the mail but the company name was different. I knew it was a scam when I said I had to pay money to get money. The letter and check are from WestPoint Home, Inc. The letter was from Ontario and the check was from Georgia. I decided to research the check to see if it was truely a scam. Thanks for having scam alert on your site. It really helped me. Thanks again.
  • by Darma Location: Maryland on Oct 18, 2008 at 09:14 PM
    Thank you! We received the check as well. Thank goodness my husband held on to it. He heard about the scam on TV and wasn't sure if it was from the same company (CCH, Inc.) Bless you for bringing this to the public's attention!!
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