05/25/2024
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Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker announced a scam was being mailed out in Bladen County. The Sheriff explained residents have reported receiving checks, some in the amount of $4,990.90, in the mail from Atlantic Lottery Inc., along with a check and instructions to cash it. The accompanying letter, dated Sept. 12, 2022, directs recipients to cash the check for taxes, and they will receive a lottery prize of $495,009.10.

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“This is a scam,” Sheriff McVicker said, “We try our best to educate the public on scams like this and what to look out for in these cases. I don’t want to see anybody taken advantage of at any time.”

Below is a copy of one of the letters that have been mailed out. The Sheriff encourages anyone who receives the letter to report it to the law enforcement or destroy it.

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