Indulge me; this is personal.
Yesterday someone called my 91-year-old grandmother and convinced her to send a check for $7,500 through the mail as fees required to collect lottery winnings. Late in the day alarm bells rang in her head and her retirement community was able to retrieve the check from their in-house mailbox. The caller also convinced her to give her account numbers, which we have already changed.
The caller identified himself as Johnathan Kramer. He asked her to write a check to Gail Poller and send it to 1502 Cumberland Court SE, Smyrna, Georgia 30080. Google reveals that address is a condominium up for sale.
In experienced derived from my former life as a federal prosecutor, I know that it is common for scamsters to use houses up for sale as mail drops, as they can check the mailboxes and collect checks without being detected if the owners are not living there. I should point out that there is no evidence whatsoever that anyone actually owning that address is in on the scam. It is far more probable that they are collateral victims of the scam. (For that matter, the names used could be fictitious, or could be the names of innocent people who are themselves victims of identity fraud.)
I'm putting this information online in hopes that it will generate search engine hits if anyone conducts any searches before sending a check, or if any family member of a victim or law enforcement searches for the terms. Contact me at ken [at] popehat [dot] com.
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