New York - D.A. Warns Staten Islanders of New 'secret shopper' Scam
Staten Island, NY - District Attorney Daniel Donovan today warned borough residents to be on the lookout for a new “Secret Shopper” scam which targets unsuspecting victims by mail, urging them to fork over $3,500 and their bank account information to facilitate the payment of taxes on a bogus sweepstakes prize.
Victims are sent a letter via Canadian Post, informing them they’ve won a $200,000 prize in a sweepstakes program from major retailers in which a ticket naming the recipient of the letter had been entered.
The recipient is then asked to call a phone number to arrange a wire transfer to facilitate payment of $3,500 in taxes. The victim is also provided an official-looking check in the amount of $4,200 to assist in the payment of the taxes on the winnings.
The bogus check will be rejected by a bank as counterfeit, leaving the victim with a loss of $3,500 and their bank information compromised.
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