"Two residents reported to us and gave us a copy of the same letter from Capital Direct Lottery Sweepstakes," said Sergeant Robert Bettencourt, noting that no one has reported being scammed out of money.
Bettencourt said the letter, which comes with a fake check for $3,938.25, states that the recipient won $250,000 and in order to get the money they have to wire the company $1,980 to help pay for taxes, insurance, shipping and handling fees.
"It says if they wire back $1,980 they will send them back $246,172.75," Bettencourt said. "And that's how it works. They call to ask to wire the money and they send you a check. They send a check, it's an actual check. It looks like an authentic check with their name on it and everything. Obviously the check is no good.
"If you wire them you're out $1,980. It's another form of scam we try to warn people about. That's our concern, to make sure no one falls for that because once that $1,980 is wired it is gone and we're not going to be able to help them get it back. It's gone."
Justin A. Rice can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.