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New scam surfaces targeting seniors

A new scam targeting local seniors has surfaced, this time involving Publishers Clearing House.

Stan Rappaport, who lives in Alta Sierra Ranches, received a letter purporting to be from the well-known sweepstakes firm last week, congratulating him on winning $2.6 million. The letter even features the PCH logo, although it appears a bit blurry on close inspection.

“It came in a regular envelope,” Rappaport said. “I knew it was a scam as soon as I opened it.”



He called the listed number anyway, because “I wanted to see how far it would go,” he said.

The agent said his name was Frank Lewis, but he had a very thick foreign accent, Rappaport said.




“Lewis” said Rappaport needed to come up with some money up front – a typical tactic on lottery scams.

“I told him he could take it out of my winnings and he said he couldn’t do that,” Rappaport said.

Initially, he was just going to throw the letter away, but reported the incident to the police because he was concerned about others falling victim to the scam, he said.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.


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