A fraudulent scheme that specifically targets Johnny Rockets has targeted thousands of people, randomly, across the U.S. Victims received bogus lottery letters and counterfeit Johnny Rockets Licensing checks, issued from Accud Securities, Inc. We do not know how many were distributed or how the names and addresses were obtained.
The checks and letters appear to be dated Monday, February 20th, which coincides with the first counterfeit check that was presented to our bank on Tuesday, February 21.
This particular scheme asks recipients to deposit the phony checks then remit a majority of the check amount to the fraudsters via a wire transfer. The phony Johnny Rockets checks will inevitably come back counterfeit and, at a minimum, the recipients will be charged bank fees for the bad check, and could lose thousands if they wire money out of their accounts, only to have the deposited checks reversed when our bank rejects them.
We have reported this issue to the proper authorities, including the Federal Trade Commission (ref #35315015) who covers this type of fraud, and also to the Orange County Sheriff (case #12-031616).
If you have received or are asked about these checks or letters, please know that it is a false campaign. Johnny Rockets is not associated with any such Sweepstake or Lottery. Please immediately report the crime directly to the FTC. Details about this type of scam and how to report them are at this URL: http://ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/credit/cre40.shtm