A 44-year-old Brownwood man deposited a $4,900 check from the “winnings” he received in an Internet drawing, and was told to expect the rest of his prize — $1 million, to be delivered to his house in a Brinks armored car.
The $4,900, of course, was bogus.
That was one of two fraud reports Brownwood police took Friday — both involving cases in which the victims managed to cash or deposit counterfeit checks at a local bank, then were asked to repay the funds.
Officer Aaron Taylor was dispatched to a home in the 1300 block of 16th, where a man said he’d entered an Internet drawing for a grand prize. He received a letter on Aug. 28 from a supposed sweepstakes company informing him he’d won $1 million.
The man received a $4,900 check and was told the rest of his winnings were being processed. He deposited the check at a bank and followed instructions to transfer $525 to the company in advance of receiving the rest of his winnings.
Then the bank contacted him, said the check was bogus and asked for its money, Taylor’s report states. Certain now that the sweepstakes was bogus, the man called the company and was asked to transfer another $575.
In the other case Friday, officer Sky Self was dispatched to Brookshire’s, where a woman had planned to wire a “transfer fee” to a company in connection with her “winnings.”
Brookshire’s employees advised her to call the police.
The woman told Self she’d received a $3,000 check and was told she’d receive the rest of her winnings after she sent a transfer fee. The woman had cashed the $3,000 check.
Self told the woman the check and company were a scam. He told her the company was trying to get her to commit a crime and was attempting to manipulate money out of her. He escorted her to the bank, where she returned the money.