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Old scam popping up again in East Texas

From the Harrison County Sheriff's Office:

HARRISON COUNTY, TX - Residents of Harrison County are receiving green cards that have a semi-official look to them. The card states that the named person on the card is to receive a “pending cash grant claim $20, 978 (DOE)” and an official appearing “warning” on the front. This is an old, and one of the first, scams that has been around for a long time.

This scam asks the bearer to contact a telephone number, typically an 800 number, and disclose the “release code” printed on the card. If you call that number, you will be instructed by the person answering the phone to send $12.00 to $25.00 in a money order to a PO Box. Then that person will advise you that “further documents will follow and a “packet will arrive COD (cash on delivery) in the amount of $25.00”. But, that packet never arrives and the person has made the first payment in anticipation of further funds.

Sheriff McCool warns this is absolutely a scam and citizens should not respond to the postcard. There is no United States grant that will seek out a person for payment of a fund. All grants must be applied for through an official process and this is an absolute scam.

Scams costs millions of dollars to people, nationwide, each year and it’s is next to impossible to track down and prosecute the people that conduct these scams due to the fact that they are offshore or in a foreign country.

The old adage of “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”, holds true to this.

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