From a Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service Media Release today...
Police are warning the public of a "prize pitch" scam circulating in the Peterborough area. Several residents have been mailed cheques accompanied with an information package from ChemLogist in Vancouver B.C. The cheques are drawn on the account of W.G Hughs Services LTD. The information advises the recipient that they have won a prize as a result of using their credit card, debit card or other banking card while shopping at Wal-Mart, J.C. Penny, Sears, Target, Home Depot, Lowes, Marshall and several other stores are listed. The information package directs the recipient to call a certain person at a listed telephone number so he can assist them in the process of claiming their winnings. Investigation has revealed that these cheques are counterfeit and you will be asked to send money to the operators of the scam in order to pay for delivery, processing, taxes, duties or some other fee. Fraudulent cheques are used in a variety of scams such as advance fee letter fraud, overpayment and prize pitch to name a few. Recipients that become involved in these counterfeit cashier's cheques, personal cheques, or corporate cheques scams will be financially responsible when the deposited counterfeit cheque is subsequently returned as counterfeit and charged back to their account.