WESTERLO, N.Y. -- Patricia Scoons says she was nearly scammed out of over a thousand dollars by a company claiming to be affiliated with the Golub Corporation.
Scoons says she received a $4,650 check on Tuesday, payable to
Scoons, to pay for processing a $250,000 sweepstakes prize she won. The problem
is, Scoons never entered a sweepstakes, and the post mark on the envelope read
"Greenburg, NC". The Golub Corporation is out of Schenectady.
'That was just one of many red flags. The company sent me the check, then in the same breath told me it would only cost $3,450 to process the grand prize, and that I should put the $4,650 in my bank, keep the $3,450, and send them the $1,200 difference. I thought 'Wait a second.' Then I looked at the return address-- New York, NY-- and the post mark-- North Carolina-- and that was it. I called Key Bank right away," said Scoons.
Scoons says Key Bank is now investigating her case. Mona Golub of the Golub Corporation says scammers have been using the Golub name for over 6 years. The company works with a fraud protection agency to monitor and immediately investigate incidents of fraud.
KeyBank suggests people use common sense when something seems too good to be true, and always contact your bank first, if you have doubts about a check you've received.