NORFOLK, Va. — Sentara Healthcare says people across the country are
receiving bogus checks bearing the company’s name.
According to the Norfolk-based company, the phony checks are part of a scam
aimed at obtaining personal banking information from the recipients.
Most of the checks are for $4,450. They arrive with a letter from a fictitious
company called City Capital Management. The letters say the checks from Sentara
are part of a lottery prize and that recipients are eligible for up to $220,000
more if they first call a claims agent. The agent then tries to obtain banking
information before the bogus check is cashed.
Sentara says the fraud has been reported in Alabama, Arizona, Illinois, Florida
and New Hampshire.
Sentara treasury director Ron Vinson says anyone who receives these checks
should ignore them.