Medina County Residents have been receiving letters in the mail claiming that they have won a prize. Included with the letter is a check. The sender advises the check is for taxes that need to be paid before the prize is sent. The letter also gives a name and telephone number of a claims agent to call for further instructions.
Sheriff Miller recommends not cashing or depositing the check into your bank. It takes weeks for the bank to process this type of check, which will return as a bad check. You would then be responsible for reimbursing the bank for the cost of the check and any bad check fees. You would also lose the money that you paid back to the company for what they claimed were taxes on your prize, which they will never send you.
Sheriff Miller recommends that you do not respond to any letters requiring you to cash checks and return money to pay for prize fees. You can call the Sheriff's Crime Prevention Office at (330)764-3618 with questions.