FANNIN COUNTY, Tex. -- There is a new scam alert for people in Fannin County. Residents should be aware of several check scams being sent through the mail. Fannin County Sheriff Kenneth Moore says over the past month at least three check scams were brought to his attention.
Moore said in each case a county resident received a letter in the mail notifying the person that he or she won some sort of lottery prize. A very authentic-looking check is enclosed with the letter instructing the resident to cash the check and then send the money to a Canadian address. The letter says the money is to cover the taxes on the prize money.
Sheriff Moore says here's what you should do if you get one of these letters
"Call the local law enforcement or call the sheriff's office and we'll assist them if we can, but that old adage about ‘nothing in this world is free’ is very true in these events."