There’s a lottery scam going on in New York involving mail containing fraudulent checks that appear to have been issued by the state. That's according to an email that made its way to my inbox from Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.
So as a matter of public interest, we're concerned and have opted to share this information with our readers.
“An offer of easy money is usually too good to be true and that is the case here,” DiNapoli said in a statement. “If you receive one of these fraudulent checks, please report it to my office immediately.”
DiNapoli said the scammers send potential victims a letter telling them that they are a winner of a lottery or sweepstakes drawing.
The person receiving the check is directed to pay an amount to the scammer in order to secure his or her “full winnings.”
Before the depositing bank has learned that the check is fake, the victim has already transferred the funds and the money can’t be retrieved, DiNapoli said in a news release.
DiNapoli said his office referred the matter to federal law enforcement.
Meanwhile, and about those "full winnings," Democratic Assembly candidate Shelley Mayer is hosting a pre-Super Bowl fundraiser — with the Comptroller as her guest speaker.
That's right. The same man responsible for shipping out warnings on a fraudulent scam has no problem with you dishing out a "real" check for a candidate who has already won the race long before voters enter the election booth.
Tickets for the Mayer "mingle" range from $40 to a whopping $1,000. The two-hour event scheduled for 11 a.m. , on Sunday, February 5, at Rory Dolan's in Yonkers.
Mayer, the former general counsel for the Senate Democrats who helped lead them into the majority and back into the minority, is running practically unopposed for the Assembly seat vacated by now Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano.
GOP nominee Donna Nolan’s name still will appear on the ballot for the March 20th Special Election called by Governor Andrew Cuomo. But after Ms Nolan’s father’s recent stroke, the Yonkers mother of four has decided not to actively campaign.
“She felt she couldn’t run an effective campaign” while tending to the needs of her family, Yonkers GOP leader John Jacono said Thursday.
To no surprise, DiNapoli and Mayer are friends. "I know her, I respect her ability, and I know she'll work closely with my former colleague Mike Spano to really deliver to the people of Yonkers," said DiNapoli.
If we can only get DiNapoli to visit Westchester County for some pension reform discussions. Maybe that's something Shelley Mayer can deliver.
And to be fair regarding Mayer's fundraising mingle, Jacono has said Republicans will focus on finding a strong candidate to challenge Mayer — the presumed special-election winner — when she runs again in November.
“We’ll have time to come up with a candidate who can make a big impact,” Jacono said.
Don't count on it though. Mayer will not stop and come up for air until November 6th at 9 p.m.
Regarding the 93rd Assembly District, Westchester Republicans dropped the ball, big time.