Not a winner: Fraudulent raffle letters, checks mailed to UP residents

SAULT STE. MARY, MI — Letters and contest prize checks are mailed to residents of the Upper Peninsula, but the recipients are not the winners.

“They look authentic and come with a check,” said the Sault Ste. The Marie Police Department said in an alert to residents. “These are not real prizes! Do not deposit these checks!

The fraudulent sweepstakes appear to be from Publisher’s Clearinghouse, but they are not, police said.

The department shared a sample of the fraudulent letters, which claim the recipient is a second-place winner in the “100 Million Dollars Super Cash Giveaway Promotion.” The recipient is informed that he has won $2.5 million and that the check that accompanies the letter is for insurance and attorney fees. However, the letter asks the recipient to call the “complaints handler” mentioned in it before dropping it off. The letter also states that the prize information must be kept “strictly confidential” and may not, under penalty of law, be discussed with third parties.

“We would also like to remind everyone never to share banking or personal information over the phone,” the department said.

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