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New Mail Scam hits Northeast Oregon

Umatilla, Ore. - The Umatilla County Sheriff's Office has issued a special fraud warning for anyone living in northeast Oregon.  They say anyone who finds a letter addressed to them asking for a small fee in exchange for ten million dollars should be alarmed.

Sheriffs said crooks are probably finding victim's names in the local phone book.  They warn anyone not to respond to the letter and to keep it for investigators to look at.

There is also another scam to hit the area.  A check made out of high grade parchment paper is being mailed out.  It's also addressed to specific victims for over $4,000.  The sender asks the unsuspecting victim to cash it, then wire them some of the cash back. 

The letters and checks pay special attention to detail and it's caught the eye of the FBI.   Detectives asked anyone receiving these fraudulent pieces of mail to either log on to www.ic3.@gov. or to call the Pendleton FBI office.