Moultrie Observer

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September 27, 2013

Scam promises $4 million

MOULTRIE — An official-looking document arrived in a Norman Park mailbox early last week. It claimed the recipient had won a jackpot of more than $4 million.

Unfortunately, Jeremy Henry of the Norman Park Police Department said, it appears it was a scam.

Fortunately, though, the 72-year-old recipient recognized that it might be and brought it to Henry’s attention.

“It appears they’re targeting the elderly,” Henry said.

Henry blacked out the name of the recipient before faxing a copy of the letter to The Observer. The letterhead says it comes from Addleshaw, Bird and Mitchell in Commack, N.Y.

The letter says the recipient has won $4,278,000, but to claim it he must send Addleshaw, Bird and Mitchell a “release fee” of $20 by cash, money order or check. Having to send money to receive a prize is often a tip-off to a scam.

Henry began to investigate and found the letter was mailed in a UPS Store in Commack, N.Y., but the return address on the envelope was in the Netherlands.

He found that Addleshaw, Bird and Mitchell was the newest name for an organization that formerly went by Morgan, Phelps and Stern and by Northrup, Winslow and Partners. He said Northrup, Winslow and Partners had received complaints with the Better Business Bureau.

“It appears shortly thereafter they changed names,” he said.

Henry talked with detectives of the Suffolk County, N.Y., Police Department late Wednesday, and they opened an investigation of the Commack end of the mailing on Thursday.

Henry urged residents throughout Colquitt County to be alert for scams like this. As the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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