Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Greg Stumbo Warns Shoppers of “Consumer Loyalty Reward Program” Scam

Press Release Date:  Monday, January 08, 2007  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  


Attorney General Greg Stumbo is warning consumers to beware of “Consumer Loyalty Reward Programs.” This latest scam to hit Kentucky mailboxes involves notifications and checks mailed to consumers stating that previous purchases made at popular retail outlets have qualified the consumer for a “prize pool” in an amount of $36,000 or more. The mailing is from Reckitt Point of Sales Systems of New York and Mega Win Promotional Prizes of Canada.

The letter indicates that the consumer was selected as a result of purchases made in previous months and claims that the receipt number from one of the purchases was attached to a “winning ticket number.” The letter includes what appears to be a valid check for the amount of at least $3,875 to pay for “processing fees” prior to receiving the “prize pool.”

The consumer is instructed to call a number to speak with a “claim processing representative” who tells the consumer that a previous purchase from commonly used retailers such as Wal-Mart or Kroger entitles them to a prize. The representative then instructs the consumer to deposit the check into their bank account and wire the “processing fees” to Canada in order to receive the prize money.

“Consumer beware,” said Attorney General Stumbo. “The check is counterfeit and any money you send is gone. Consumers should not deposit the check or call the telephone number listed in the letter.”

To report these scams, contact the Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection at 1-888-432-9257. Examples of the check and letters associated with the “Consumer Loyalty Reward Program” scam follow:

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Letter 1

Letter 2