Protect Yourself From Mail Scams

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How does winning thousands of dollars without doing a thing sound?

"We had gotten a letter in the mail that said we won $165,000," explains Charissa Davis.

Right away Davis became suspicious, as she looked over the letter of congratulations from the British Lottery.

Davis says, "We've never been out of Colorado so we thought this was a little strange, so we started investigating."

This is exactly what police say you should do if you ever receive a letter or check claiming that you are the recipient of free money.

Grand Junction Police Public Information Officer, Linda Bowman says, "If you didn't fill out a credit card application or buy a lottery ticket its unlikely that you will receive money."

Davis followed her instincts and with only minutes of research she came across a rip off report through the British Lottery. There she also found some advice on what to do next.

When it comes in the mail it looks like any regular cash-able check, but if you take a photo copy of it, it becomes clear that it is a fake.

Davis says, " After the photo copy the check says void all over it."

Davis says she feels lucky that she didn't even attempt to cash in.

"When you deposit the check into the bank it will bounce. Then when the bank sends the check back to the people who originally sent it and it has all of your account information on it. Then they can drain your account."

According to police, in addition to losing money to the scammers, you may also get hit with criminal liability. So if you're ever faced with a suspicious letter or check just remember that a few minutes of research could save you thousands.