Greeley area residents have recently reported receiving packets in the mail from “Financial Acquisition Agency.” The Weld County DA is urging people not to respond to the letters or send any money.
The packets are shipped in large envelopes saying “Rapid Notice” on the front. Inside the packets are letters that list the name and mailing address of recipients.
The letters appear to be official, with bar-codes and logos. The form asks the recipient to confirm his or her identity, sign the bottom and send a $20 transfer fee.
The letters tell recipients that they will receive millions of dollars in cash. Like most scams of this type, the letter creates a sense of urgency by setting a deadline for the recipient to mail the form back.
U.S. federal law bars sweepstakes from charging for anything: including delivery, couriers, taxes, fees, handling charges or transfer charges.
The Federal Trade Commission has investigated similar letters nationwide. Residents who receive the packages can report them to the FTC by calling 1-877-FTC HELP or 1-877-382-4357.