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Internet scam warning!

Date: August 27, 2007
Source: CBS

If you get a letter saying you've won the lottery, odds are you'll win nothing but trouble if you play along.

The Early Show consumer correspondent Susan Koeppen reports that, in a widely used scam attempt, consumers receive a real-looking check with the letters. All the recipients need do, the mail says, is deposit the check and use it to pay for taxes and fees on the overall winnings.

But, Koeppen explains, once you wire the money, the crooks take it and leave you with nothing.

When her producer's husband got such a letter out of the blue, the producer and Koeppen got suspicious, but asked him to play along, to show you how easy it is to be deceived.

Micah Martin's said he'd won $200,000.

He was skeptical, until he saw the check that came with it.
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