LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Atmos Energy customers need to be on alert if you receive a letter saying you won a lottery.
Two weeks ago, letters with $4,500 checks claiming that the recipients have won a lottery, began arriving in Panhandle mailboxes.
This international scam sends letters that claims that the person has won a drawing for $250,000 and instructs the recipient to deposit the enclosed check that appears to be from Atmos Energy and issued by Amarillo National Bank.
The letter explains that to claim the prize money, the resident needs to mail between $3,000 and $4,000 to an address in Canada to cover expenses.
But be warned, the check that is to be deposited will bounce, and the resident is responsible for the funds.
Atmos Energy is aware of the fraud and has alerted the call centers to warn customers who ask about the checks.
Atmos Energy is working with the Texas Attorney General's office on the fraud.
If you have received a letter or believe you've been the victim of a fraud, contact the Texas Attorney General's office at (800) 621-0508.