Bedford, VA – Sheriff Brown has a warning to ALL Bedford County and surrounding areas about a Publishers Clearing House mail scam.
You may receive in the mail a very ‘official’ looking congratulatory letter with a check. However, they ask you to send cash to cover the handling and taxes, usually to be delivered via Federal Express.
This is a SCAM! By the time you Fed Ex your cash and they receive it, you find out from your bank that the check was a fraud!
NEVER send any cash to anyone, especially for a sweepstakes or lottery. If you have any questions on something you receive in the mail, please call the Sheriff’s office before acting on it. Chances are, someone has already been victimized by the same scam, which will save you from losing your hard earned money to scam artists in some distant country.
If you receive calls from these scammers, just hang up.