Never trust a check in your letter… until you see the real cash.

“The letterhead says Citi Financial,” Mary Lou Vega said. “It says “final prize notification’ … It has everything that a check should have, the security background and micro-printing.”

Everything, that is, except for a stake in reality.

“I’m afraid that if someone does cash it, they’re going to end up paying,” Vega said. She did some digging and found the sweepstakes addresses came from a mental hospital