PORTAGE | The Portage Police Department is warning the public of a mail scam that several residents have received within the past week.
The scam is from Liberty Financial Services of Los Angeles. The company claims they were hired by USA Mega, an international sweepstakes company, to help distribute prize money throughout the United States.
The official looking letter states the recipient has won a second place prize of $355,000. Accompanying the letter is a $4,650 check from Aetna Life Insurance Company which is to be cashed by the recipient to help cover the $3,850 processing fee to claim the large cash prize.
The letter instructs recipients to contact a claim agent via an email address provided so that the $4,650 check can be activated. Once the check is activated, it should be cashed and the processing fee be sent to the company to begin the prize claim process. The recipient is to keep the extra $800 from the processing check as part of the prize.
Police are advising residents not to cash any checks and send money in the mail because they will become a victim of fraud.