The Colorado Lottery is warning consumers to steer clear of a new lottery scam that promises thousands of dollars in easy cash.
Lottery officials say the scammers are sending out letters using Colorado Lottery logos and a Denver mailing address to residents, informing them that they've won an unclaimed prize and need to call a number in Montreal to receive their winnings.
They say the letter claims the person's name was drawn from a database of Reader's Digest, Publisher's Clearinghouse, and Computer Games and Sweepstakes, and includes a check for $2,150 to cover processing fees.
Officials warn consumers not to cash the check, saying it will give scam artists access to personal bank account information.
"Consumers should always be suspicious for offers of quick money, particularly if the deal requires a winner to pay fees in order to collect a prize," said Colorado Lottery Director Jack Boehm. "The Colorado Lottery never requires good faith money from it's players."
The Colorado Lottery says anyone who receives the letter should disregard the check and report the scam to authorities. You can also call Colorado Lottery Security at 1-800-999-2959.