How to Spot a Scam

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

American Idol Scam

FOX and the producers of "American Idol" have received information about a mail fraud scam using sweepstakes award letters printed on what appears to be "American Idol" letterhead and allegedly signed by creator and executive producer, Simon Fuller. The letter notifies recipients that they have been selected as a winner of a sum of money and contains fraudulent checks and a phone number to call to claim the fake "prize" checks.

FOX, the producers of "American Idol," and their subsidiary companies, do not sponsor or support any lottery, sweepstakes or prize contest that resembles the letter referred to above. The producers of "American Idol" are investigating this mail fraud in conjunction with local and national law enforcement agencies. If you receive a letter like this, please report it to the United States Postal Inspection Service at:

However, if you spot American Idol’s logo at your mall, do not report that as fraud. Instead, take a photo or your friends’ photo and post it online and help advertise the show for free. Yes, from Jan. 5 to Feb. 2, several malls across America will host backdrops that you can stand in front of and take pictures that you can upload to the show’s web site for who the hell knows why.

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