The Redwood County Sheriff’s Department would like to alert the public to an emerging scam that has been surfacing around the Redwood County area.

The Redwood County Sheriff’s Department has received several reports from citizens who have received letters in the mail informing them that they are winners of a lottery sweepstake.

Some letters have contained checks that appear to be legitimate from local Minnesota banks that accompany the notification letter but are actually not real checks.

The checks will be for amounts such as $2,350 and will explain that it is to help to defer the cost of the “processing fees” of $1,850.

These scam letters are coming from various countries outside the United States.