ATTN Military Families: Tricare Name Used in Lottery Scam

Overflowing mail 150x150 ATTN Military Families: Tricare Name Used in Lottery ScamDid you get a letter from “Tricare” in the mail claiming you’ve won $250,000 in a U.S. lottery? It’s a scam. Tricare is real, but the check in this mailing is fake.

Tricare Management Activity (TMA) manages the TRICARE health care program for active duty members and their families, retired service members and their families, National Guard/Reserve members and their families, survivors and others entitled to Department of Defense medical care.
The check is supposedly to pay taxes, insurance, shipping and handling fees on your winnings, but as most of us know by now, that’s the hallmark of a nasty scam. The check is fradulent, and that means that any of your good money that you wire to the scammers goes away, while the bank asks you to pay back anything you spent against the fradulent check.
Tricare beneficiaries who receive this mailing are encouraged to email the Tricare Fraudline at FRAUDLINE@tma.osd.mil or fax it to (303) 676-3981.
Remember, if you have to pay to win, you didn’t. “Playing banker” counts as paying. Learn more at http://www.tricare.mil/fraud/

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Holly Doering has worked for the Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Washington, North Idaho, and Montana for half a decade. Her areas of expertise include the CORE Values Program (Character, Optimism, Respect, Ethics) for Teens and Charity Review as well as writing and editing. Prior to that, she has written for two newspapers, a local magazine, and taught English at the community college. She is the proud author of a short story in ZYZZYVA literary magazine and has had good luck publishing lots of poetry. Each year she rolls up her sleeves and wades into the autumn Nanowrimo writing madness and has several unfinished novels to her credit.