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Million dollar scams sent in the mail

Posted at 9:35 PM, Apr 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-14 10:20:57-04
CAPE CORAL, FLa. -- Everyday a stack of mail full of congratulations promising cash prizes gets sent sent to 92 year-old Marion Burke. "I get mail like this everyday. Everyday," she tells me. 
 
They all want her to pay up first, in small amounts. "$20, $20, $19.95, $15, its always that," Burke says. 
 
Marion showed me her military memorabilia from when she served our country. Now she's getting served up scam after scam, most of it from one particular town in New York. Fresh Meadows. None of it provides a number, just a P.O. box to send her money. But this 92 year-old has been too sharp to fall for it.
 
"I know what it is so I just don't do it."
 
But still, she's sick of it. "How can you stop it ?" she asked. I took her question to a fraud specialist who says Marion and you should contact one organization in particular to stop the junk.
 
"There is a direct marketing association website that you can go on or you can send a letter to. That helps for the legitimate letters that comes through," said Beth Schell with the Lee County Sheriff's Office. 
 
She also says, to avoid giving up your info no matter how tempting the promise of a payout.
 
"When you're standing in line somewhere and you see the box where you can win a free cruise and you just have to put your name and address and phone number, don't do that kind of stuff, you're not going to win anything. Nothing is free."