Not a sweepstakes winner

Not a sweepstakes winner

Nelson police warn public: Beware of sweepstakes trying to clear out your bank account.

The Nelson Police Department received a report that a local resident received a suspicious letter advising her that she had won the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes but first had to pay associated taxes and fees.

The letter further instructed the recipient to keep the attached cheque and letter confidential.

In addition, the letter told the recipient to leave the letter at home when trying to deposit the attached cheque.

Police strongly encourages recipients of these types of deceptive letters to keep the letter and contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or the Nelson Police Department at 250-354-3919.