Sunday, May 10, 2009
Pepsi Scam Warning
EverythingHealth is warning readers about a scam that could easily cost you money if you are trapped by it.
I received a very official appearing letter from "Pepsi Co." with the Pepsi and ABC logo on the stationary. The letter is on good stock paper with an official appearing bar code and it informs me that I have won One Million Dollars in the "Play for a Billion" contest in partnership with Pepsi and ABC Network. I will also appear on the ABC network for a chance to win one billion dollars.
The letter goes on to say all the arrangements are being made for me to receive my prize and a check for $5,400.00 is included to cover outstanding fees. The check is appears authentic and is from Mountain West Bank, made out to me.
There are other official appearing details, with a toll free number to call.
Of course I knew immediately this was a scam. But I could see how easy it would be to dupe other people into thinking they had won. The letter and envelope look very real. I am going to try and deposit the check. I suspect it will go through and will only be returned a few days after I have forwarded some amount of money less than $5,400 to cover some unknown fee to the scammers.
So let your elderly loved ones know about this and never, never believe you would really get a real check in the mail for a contest like this.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 10:47 PM