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New mail scam going around Spokane Valley

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Nickerson found the "RedEx" envelope in her mail box a few days ago. Nickerson found the "RedEx" envelope in her mail box a few days ago.
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

A new scam is going around that uses a logo that looks similar to a trusted company to trick you. 

"At first glance it looks like it's a FedEx envelope," says Pamela Nickerson as she looks down at the envelope in her hands. 

Nickerson found the "RedEx" envelope in her mail box a few days ago and it looked so similar to a FedEx mailer that she didn't hesitate to open it. 

"It has an ID number on it," she tells KHQ.  "It looks so official."

Inside was a notice telling Nickerson she had won $3.5 million.  For someone who has been going through breast cancer treatments, it seemed like a dream come true.   

"I have surgery scheduled here in a couple of weeks and then radiation after surgery," says Nickerson.  "3.5 million is almost too good to be true."  In fact it was too good to be true. 

"One line on the back said if you send me a check for $20 you will receive your funds."  She says that stood out to her as a red flag.    

The Washington state attorney general says they don't have any specific complaints about this company, but they receive hundreds of complaints a year from people who get things just like this in the mail.  The AG warns never to send money.   

"If you have to pay money to get money it's a red flag," says Nickerson.  "Don't do it."

She plans to report it and then forget about it, because Nickerson says she has more important things to worry about, like her daughter's upcoming wedding.    

"I did my flowers out front for the wedding to make sure the front yard looks okay," says Nickerson.    "It's really exciting to have the wedding to look forward to in amongst all these breast cancer treatments." 

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