Lancaster Co. sheriff warns of lottery by mail scheme

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LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. - The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reported a 70-year-old man received a letter and check in the mail Friday that may be a scam.

The letter was addressed from the International Finance Department in Ontario, Canada which stated the man won the lottery worth $200,000.

The check was written as a Union Bank check, issued by Hotel Nikko, Inc. located in San Francisco.

“This is another example of the confusing tactics that these criminals use.  When someone receives a check in the mail that appears to be valid, it is a natural response to deposit that check in their accounts,” said Sheriff Barry Faile.

Faile encourages citizens to not give out personal information to anyone and do not deposit these checks from sources you aren’t aware of.

Police are also encouraging those who receive a call or any other scams in the near future, to call local law enforcement agencies immediately.