The check has a well known, reputable logo on it. The letter head is not an exact match to the real thing, but since most people have never heard of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission, it probably doesn't matter, either way, it is one big scam. Carolyn Anderson was suspicious so she called the number provided.
"And i said are you sure, and she's like really you won 370,000 dollars and congratulations I'm so happy for you. " Anderson said.
And collecting the money was all too easy. Just deposit a check that will help pay for the taxes.
"I had to take the check to the bank and deposit it and get the money gram and send it to her and she had to have it in five days."
Still suspicious, Carolyn did a Internet search, and found a warning on the real Ontario Lottery and Gaming web site.
"Its a letter that explains this fraud operation down to the tee every thing this lady told me, its a fraud." Anderson said.
This particular scam has been running since at least May of this year.
The Rockford Police are now investigating but they say the best way to fight fraud is to be prepared.
"Anytime your taking money out of the bank its good to talk to a financial adviser make follow up calls to the better business bureau, attorney general and obviously the police." Rockford Deputy Chief Greg Landmark said.
Police says these scams are becoming easier to pull off, so the general public must become smart, and tougher potential victims.