The healthcare company Sentara Healthcare is warning consumers in multiple states- including Arizona- that scam artists are using the company’s name to send fake checks through the mail. Sentara, which is based in Virginia, says that the scam is an attempt to obtain personal baking information from its victims.
Sentara released the following warning on their website:
“People across the United States are receiving fraudulent checks in the mail, claiming to be from Sentara Healthcare, based in Norfolk. Most of the checks are for $4,400. Letters with the checks are from a fictitious company called ‘City Capital Management’ in Ontario, Canada. The letters claim that the checks are part of the recipients’ winnings from a lottery drawing and state they are eligible for up to $220,000 in additional winnings if recipients first call a ‘Claims Agent.’
“Sentara Healthcare is not mailing lottery checks to anyone,” said Ron Vinson, treasury director for Sentara Healthcare. “We are upset that our company’s good name is being used to defraud consumers.”
Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona reminds consumers to be extremely skeptical of unexpected checks they receive in the mail. If there’s any confusion as to why you’re receiving a check BBB recommends consumers call the company that issued it to make sure it’s legitimate.
For more information on fake check scams visit BBB Scam Stopper.