DO fall for this kind of deceptive marketing. You get a letter from a former Treasurer of the United States. So it begins right away with some legitimacy. There's a label with a cute dog and a floral envelope flap seal in the back, like the one grandma uses. The label looks like it's stuck on crooked, but in reality, it's printed right on the envelope to look like that. The letter from Mary Ellen Withrow: The star attraction is a huge newspaper article in the envelope, printed on convincing newspaper stock. It's about the recent coin shortage and if you don't read the article carefully enough, it reads like it concerns a government program to redistribute coins to the public, but only if you live in one of the ZIP codes noted. (And hey, your ZIP code qualifies... Yay!) To further convince you that it's a genuine newspaper clipping, look... the back has stock market quotations. You are entitled to get nearly 3 pounds of coins for $980. (After the deadline, it'll cost you $1,500, so don't you procrastinate!) View attachment 1306088 Everything seems quite officially. At the bottom of the "Claim Form," you'll see that the U.S. Post Office is involved and could be a partner in this "government" program. But the official USPS logo actually looks like this: Here are legible copies of the "Newspaper" article. (You'll have to click on it and enlarge to read.) Look at the silver coins that will be part of the distribution (lower pic.) At first, I saw all these silver coins and I said, "Well, it's not so bad." A bag with nearly 3 pounds of silver coins for $980 is not a ridiculous amount over melt. Then I read the "newspaper" article more carefully. The "nearly 3 pounds" of coins includes wheaties, buffalo nickels, IHCs, 1943 steelies, V-Nickels, etc. Even Bicentennial Quarters! And, of course, they don't show pictures of those. I hope not many get taken in by this. What's sad and surprising to me is that a former Treasurer of the United States would collaborate with this scheme. But then, she's now 90+ in age. Perhaps she too was misled about her role.