Check Scams Continue in Region 8

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Bob heath recently received a check for nearly $2000 and a letter in the mail from a company called "The Zetner Management Group."

The letter claimed he had won$690,000 from a jackpot lottery drawing, but Heath said that didn't quite add up.

"I never buy tickets. I never buy lottery tickets. It said on there my name was attached to a ticket that won $690,000," said Heath.

At first, Heath said this seemed like a great find.

"I thought, well good. We can pay a lot of things off with that," said Heath, but then he started noticing some odd things.

For example, the check and letter came from an Illinois company, but the postage indicated it was mailed from Canada.

Heath took the check to his local bank to have it validated.

"I wanted to check it out. I didn't want 690-thousand dollars go by without checking it out," said Heath.

End result--the check was a fake.

As time has gone by, it appears the people behind these checks have gotten a little bit smarter. In fact, the security marks on the checks are much like those at the bank. You can put your finger on Heath's check and see that the watermark disappears from the check, but check out what we also found.  It can't be seen with the naked eye,  but our cameras caught this--the word "void" marked into the background of the check repeatedly.

Heath says he believes the check was just the beginning of a much bigger rip off.

"I just don't think lotteries run their business that way. I think if you win $690,000 they make a big deal of it, and they pay you $690,000," said Heath.

So remember if it's too good to be true, it usually is.

Finally, if you get a check in the mail, Heath has a word of advice.

"Don't cash the thing. Go get it checked out before you put your name on the back of it," said Heath.

Police and bankers both say these check scams are becoming more and more prevalent.

They urge you to use your common sense.

In most cases anything that doesn't seem real, probably isn't and could cost you big bucks in the long run.

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