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Topsfield Police Dept.
Thursday March 30th, 2017 :: 03:26 p.m. EDT


Scam Alert: Publishers Clearinghouse.

WE have been advised by the Georgetown Police Dept of this ongoing scam:

A resident received a check and award letter from Publishers Clearinghouse with instructions on what to do. She called the number and they told her to deposit the check and call them back. She went to the bank and they stated the check is real but the routing number is invalid. Had she not checked it prior, it would have been deposited and then later rejected. The instructions were to call them back after the check was deposited. What they do is once the check is deposited, they state they will send the rest but there are some small fees attached. They ask the resident to send those fees back to them to receive the remaining award. This is where the resident loses the money as the check does not clear and any money sent is not covered.

Please be aware of these scams. If you are unsure contact your police department for assistance.

Topsfield Police Dept.
210 Boston Street
Topsfield, MA 01983

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 978-887-6533

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