The Sacramento State Police Department is warning of a fraud involving fictitious checks that use identifying information of the University Foundation of Sacramento State.
Perpetrators of the scam have sent fictitious checks with a letter saying that the recipient has won an international lottery. They seek to persuade the recipient to deposit the fake check and then send payment to the "Intercontinental Lottery Management INC." to pay the taxes on the fake lottery winnings, according to a Police Department news release.
Days later, the victims learn from their bank that the check was fake and they are out the money they sent to the purported lottery firm.
Police urge anyone receiving such checks not to cash or attempt to cash them, and not to send payments to any lottery company without investigating to determine whether it is legitimate.