A Port Clinton, Ohio, based Coast Guard Reserve unit deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Tuesday night.
Port Security Unit 309 deployed from Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base and will join with the Navy's Maritime Expeditionary Squadron Three (MSRON 3) to form Combined Task Group 56.5, under the Naval Expeditionary Combat Command. CTG 56.5 is charged with providing harbor defense and security to ports, seaward approaches, and waterways within U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility and ensuring the free flow of personnel, equipment and commerce in the region.
The TRICARE Program Integrity office has become aware of a lottery sweepstakes scam where "winners" receive a fraudulent check with the TRICARE name. Targeted individuals are contacted by mail with a letter stating they're "winners" of a USA lottery sweepstakes for $250,000 accompanied with the fraudulent check. The letter tells the "winner" the check is a portion of the winnings used to help pay taxes, insurance, handling, and shipping fees. The "winner" is also told to return a portion of the funds from the cashed check.
These instructions should sound shady to anyone but you may receive inquiries from beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries asking about the validity of this sweepstakes. Those receiving this letter and check should be aware that a third party may be trying to gain access to their bank accounts, or other personal information.