Recently two separate scams have promised recipients a large cash prize of $50,000, $67,000, or $70,000, employing the name and address of Payment Alliance International, Inc. (PAI), to support their false claims. Known as the “UK & North America Customer Reward Promotion Draw” and the “Customer Windfall Promotion,” these fraudulent letters have no connection with Payment Alliance International. PAI has filed official reports with authorities disavowing these scams.

If you receive either of these offers, do not call the numbers provided or attempt to deposit the check in your bank account; either of these actions may compromise your financial security. Instead, please report the scam to the Internet Crime Complain Center via its website http://www.ic3.gov and, if possible, send a copy of the letter to Jason Kuhn at PAI via email at security@gopai.com or fax at 502-212-4004. Protect yourself by shredding or in some other secure manner destroying the check and letter.

PAI never asks customers for their account or private information by phone or email.

About the author: Payment Alliance International representative Louis Borrelli provides clients with ATM systems, check-processing services, and other merchant solutions. A resident of Greenwich, Connecticut, he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Tri-State Italian-American Congress.

Based in Paramus, New Jersey, the Tri-State Italian-American Congress dedicates itself to the preservation of and education about Italian-American heritage. Under President Louis Fusco, Jr., the organization hosts numerous events recognizing Italian Americans who have contributed to their communities. In May 2012, it held a dinner reception celebrating Lawrence R. Inserra, Jr., President of Inserra Supermarkets, Inc., for his achievements in teaching youth and maintaining his heritage.

Another important cause for the Tri-State Italian-American Congress concerns the education of future generations. To improve their chances of success, it offers college scholarships of up to $5,000 to qualified individuals. Requirements for eligibility include enrollment in a full-time accredited institution for the coming fall, a grade point average of 3.0 out of 4.0, and at least one ancestor who came to America from Italy. Additionally, the organization provides the Edward Cardinal Egan Scholarship for students interested in pursuing a Catholic education.

About the Author: A Principal at Payment Alliance International, Louis Borrelli lives in Greenwich, CT. Outside of work, Borrelli supports the Tri-State Italian-American Congress.