Fake letter promising $1.5 million comes to Milam

Fake e-mails resurface year after year. An example is the “cell phone numbers are going public next month” hoax.

It was reported in this column years ago and if you “google” the phrase you will see website after website addressing the issue for the past eight years or more.

Some scams are recognizable instantly while others require research to determine the difference between fact and fake.

Notice if the con artist addressed you by name or some generic term like “Dear”, “Hello” or other greeting that fits all.

You can conclude that you are unknown by name, but the crook did get your right email address.

Bill Eiland, a resident of Milano, got a letter in a white window envelope with “First Class Mail” stamped in red.

Other than that the envelope had a stamp with nothing written in the upper left-hand corner where the return address is generally given.

Contents are a sheet that is a tri-folded form with its number: W859 in a black background.

Unfolding the multicolored notice find the words “delivery pending” in red. An “Award Confirmation” is in light pink and an off gray is used in its border around the message to Bill.

Total annual prize is 1.5 million dollars.

This has all the bells and whistles you can imagine. The instructions state that a $5 fee is required for the delivery of the parcel. Bill said “they can take $5.00 out of the prize money then send the rest to me.”

This address found on the back of the envelope was googled in to find the Better Business Bureau’s report.

The company is not a member of the BBB and they declined the invitation to join, however, the company did agree to remove one senior citizen from their mail-out list and refund the money.

This is the interesting part of that report, the company admitted to “renting addresses” for contacting its potential customers.

The name may be withdrawn today, but be found in future lists the company will purchase, so the contact could be made again in the future.

Watch for this mail. Let people know if a scam is active within Milam County.

Sound the alarm. Put Milam County residents on alert. Do as Bill Eiland did. He did not respond. He gave the notice to MCT, hoping to keep Milam County as scam free as possible.

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