Second warning issued over Canadian-based prize scam

For the second time in less than a month, Sheriff Dav id Greene has issued a warning that a Canadian-based scam is targeting Milam County.

Greene said letters purportedly from “Trustnet Financial” or “RBC Financial” are advising Milam residents they have won a “consumer protection draw” for $50,000.

“The individual also receives a fake check for $3,950 and are asked to send $2,950 back as tax,” he said.

Chief Deputy Ted Retchloff has contacted the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and confirmed part of the scam originates in Canada.

“If you get one of these letters bring it to the sheriff’s department or your local law enforcement agency,” Greene said.


Greene said other calls for his department during the past seven days included:

April 27—Suspicious person, CR 329; animal cruelty, CR 342; animal nuisance, Texas 36 south; suspicious activity, Oaklawn and CR 342.

April 28—Disturbance, FM 908 north; illegal trash dumping, west US 79; request to speak to deputy, US 77; civil matter, CR 309; civil matter/property, US 77; illegal parking, Milano area; false information, south Texas 36; juvenile case, South Sixth, Buckholts; child custody dispute, west US 79; road hazard, US 79; suspicious vehicle, CR 334.

Thursday—Road hazard, US 79; suspicious vehicle, US 79; suspicious persons, Texas 36; criminal mischief, CR 342; juvenile cast, CR 404 Loop; violation of protective order, Cameron baseball field; family matter, CR 342; prowler, Oak Park.

Friday—Suspicious person, CR 340; arrest made, US 79, Milano; found dog, Northwood Circle; theft, Praesel Addition; theft of property, CR 443; stranded motorist, south Texas 36; abandoned vehicle, CR 440;suspicious car, Circle Drive.

Saturday—Suspicious activity, CR 322; reckless driver, CR 422; motorist assist, US 79, Thorndale; missing cattle, CR 201; officer safety alert, location not listed; 911 call abandoned, CR 314; phone harassment, Rockdale.

Sunday—Suspicious noise, north US 77; disturbance, south US 77; phone harassment, north FM 487; suspicious noise, town not listed.

Monday—A ssault, CR 354, Gause; welfare check, US 79 east; break-in FM 1915 north; animal nuisances, CR 240A and CR 304; civil child custody, Buckholts; medical alarm, CR 443; vandalism to vehicle, US 90, Buckholts; animal nuisance Whippoorwill Drive; recovered stolen vehicle, FM 485; close patrol, US 79 west; four-wheelers noise, Praesel Addition; assist another agency, FM 1712.

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