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Fake check scam

By Christy Hutchings

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Graham Cooper of Savannah got something in the mail Saturday that seemed too good to be true, a check for nearly $4,000.

"I hadn't entered a sweepstakes that I knew of and called the number and said why are you sending me a check," said Cooper. "They explained that I had won $55,000 and that I needed to pay the taxes on my winnings."

Taxes that totaled about $3,000 and the check was for nearly $4,000. Cooper was told once he paid that he'd get the rest.

"Yeah you want it to be true, but it's not," he said.

The check was counterfeited, but it wasn't very obvious.

"It's a real check endorsable by a real bank, a real company," he said.

The Better Business Bureau said what won't be right is the account number and if Cooper cashed the check he'd be responsible for coming up with the money.

Cooper knew not to, but was afraid others might not realize it was a scam.

"I think it could fool people with a real check being sent out to consumers, absolutely," he said.

And with many well known companies named on the bottom of the letter it could make people think it's real, but the BBB said if it looks too good to be true then it probably is.

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