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Monday June 24th, 2013

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Windsor Police have seized 700 pieces of mail reportedly part of a mail scam affecting US residents.

On June 6th the Windsor Police Financial Crimes Unit received a complaint from a citizen concerning a quantity of mail she had received at a local UPS outlet. As a result of investigating that complaint, Police intercepted approximately 700 pieces of mail destined to a company by the name of Information Reporting Group.

Police say the 700 letters contain sweepstake information and a quantity of money. The sweepstake claims that the consumer is entitled to 2.2 million US and in order to receive these funds, they need to send twenty dollars US for processing.

Windsor Police say it was determined that the sweepstakes are of a fraudulent nature and are considered part of a mass marketing fraud that preys on the elderly

Police say all of the victims are from the United States as all of the labels contain US resident information from a number of US states.

Investigators determined that the victims in this mass mailing appear to be 65-85 years of age. Investigators along with the assistance of Canada Post, the United States Postal Service and the Canadian National Anti-Fraud Centre, have identified the source of this mass mailing to be originating outside of North America, possibly coming from the Netherlands.

Police say it is anticipated that this marketing fraud will continue to grow in size over the coming weeks. The Windsor Police Financial Crimes Unit is requesting the public be aware of this type of scam and to not fall victim to it.

Should you receive one of these letters in the mail, by phone or email, please call the Windsor Police Financial Crimes Unit at 519-255-6700 ext.4330. Further the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre can be contacted concerning these types of scams. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre can be reached at 1-888-495-8501.

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