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NORFOLK, Va. -- Sentara Healthcare said people across the country, inclduing in Arizona, are receiving bogus checks bearing the company's name.

According to the Norfolk-based company, the phony checks are part of a scam aimed at obtaining personal banking information from the recipients.

Most of the checks are for $4,450. They arrive with a letter from a fictitious company called City Capital Management. The letters said the checks from Sentara are part of a lottery prize and that recipients are eligible for up to $220,000 more if they first call a claims agent. The agent then tries to obtain banking information before the bogus check is cashed.

Sentara said besides Arizona, the fraud has been reported in Alabama, Illinois, Florida and New Hampshire.

Sentara treasury director Ron Vinson said anyone who receives these checks should ignore them.

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