Don't cash that check
The check usually looks real, it's the letter that gives it away.
"An assistance check of $2,962.30 is hereby enclosed to help you pay for your tax and administrative expenses (International Clearance fees) involved with your winnings. We are sending you this check from your winnings to assist you to pay for the International Clearance fees involved, after which your money shall be released."
Scams. They are trapping people one lucky winner at a time.
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