Fraudulent letter dispersed in Atmore
Published 9:36 am Sunday, October 1, 2000
By By ROBERT BLANKENSHIP
Advance Managing Editor
A letter circulating in Atmore claiming that some individuals may be entitled to federal money based on an act of the U.S. Legislature is a hoax.
The letter, explaining that those of the "black ethnic race" that were born in or before 1927 are eligible for $5,000, is targeting the elderly of not just Atmore, but other communities across the nation according to the National Center for Victim's of Crime based in Washington, D.C.
The letter explains that the money is available due to the passing of the Slave Reparation Act and that if the recipient of the letter sends their name, address, phone number, social security number and date of birth, then they will be sent an application for the issuance of the $5,000.
It is written in the letter that the money can be "attached to your social security check or issued in one lump sum."
This has the U.S. Inspector's Office eyeing the letter as well.
The group who has supposedly sent the letter is the National Victim's Registrar. But the NCVC said that group does not exist and that anyone who comes into contact with the letter should not respond.