Latest sweepstakes scam lures victims using fake PNC checks - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Latest sweepstakes scam lures victims using fake PNC checks

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Check your mailbox for a new scam that targets almost everyone in Kentuckiana.

It uses big name stores where almost all of us shop and a big name bank as pawns to get money.

Just ask Jean Hume, an area resident who received a check in the mail...

"This check is definitely real," Hume said. "I could take this check to the bank and deposit it in my account."

Jean Hume is as sure about the check she received as she is that it is part of an elaborate scheme. It appears to be drafted from a PNC bank account, linked to a company calling itself "Southern Computer Warehouse."

Hume says it was mailed to her Georgetown home earlier this month, addressed to her husband and attached to a letter.

"Your name was randomly selected by database in our North American department store," Hume reads.

The letter, from the Camelot Group, says she'd won a UK sweepstakes for shopping at one of several popular American stores. Walmart, Home Depot and Best Buy were all on the list.

Home many of those stores has Hume shopped at in the last 12 months?

"Basically all of them," she said.

She figured something was suspicious as she read more. According to the Camelot Group, the $3,700 check was only part of her $230,000 in winnings and intended to be used to pay UK taxes. She'd need to send $1,950 back to receive the rest of her money.

PNC say it's the latest evolution of an old scam and others have been fooled.

"Our advice on all unsolicited entries is that if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is," said Fred Solomon, with PNC media relations.

Tellers are now looking for these checks.

"It is a very upsetting thing to me," Hume said.

WDRB News called the number of her letter.

The alleged UK company had a Georgia P.O. box and a Canadian phone number. The foreign voice on the other end of the line refused to answer questions.

PNC keeps an ongoing list of the latest fraud schemes on its security assurance Web site.

Click HERE for a link to that site.

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