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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is cautioning consumers about a scam involving fraudulent checks with the grocer’s name. The company learned of the con after being contacted by several suspicious consumers who received the checks in the mail. Almost all of those targeting live in areas outside of Wegmans’ market area, including Canada.
The checks arrived accompanied by letters claiming that the recipient has won a sweepstakes or lottery, and requesting the payment of upfront fees or taxes, or additional information by telephone, before the check can be cashed. The face amount of the checks is between $2,700 and $3,900.
“We immediately notified law enforcement authorities when we became aware of the bogus checks, and the matter is now in their hands,” noted Wegmans director of media relations Jo Natale. “We urge consumers who receive such a check to contact their local authorities.”
Rochester, N.Y.-based Wegmans operates 75 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland.