Bogus letter told of big win
THE scam didn’t fool him, but 73-year-old Rockhampton man John Hegvold worries others may fall victim to similar fraudulent letters making the rounds.
“I just want to let others know, in case there are people who might get caught out,” John said after receiving the suspicious letter promising him a hefty cash prize.
The letter guarantees delivery of an unclaimed multi-million-dollar cash award, asking the recipient to send back a $30 documentation fee.
A return envelope complete with a United States mailing address is included.
It seems there are various scam letters in regular circulation across Queensland of which people should be wary.
Earlier this month, The Morning Bulletin reported a similar scam which frightened local woman Elaine Pedersen, who was concerned scammers target the elderly.
A spokesman from the Office of Fair Trading revealed they frequently received reports from people who had dodgy letters land in their mailboxes.
Scam letters are often sent on paper with official-looking insignia and labelled as confidential in an attempt to mislead recipients with an air of authenticity.
A spokesman from Fair Trading urged the public to beware of scams, and advised everyone to be cautious if requested to provide personal or financial information.
Anyone who receives suspicious letters in the mail or online is encouraged to report details of the scam.
The website Scamwatch, maintained by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, gives details of how to report scams and details of any scam known to be circulating.
For more information on protecting yourself from scams, visit www.fairtrading.gov.au, or phone 13 13 04.
To report a scam or find out more about current scams, visit www.scamwatch.gov.au