A controversial letter disguised as a notice of delinquency circulated throughout social media, prompting questions about the tactics of political campaigns to secure votes and donations.
A series of photos of a letter received by an elderly woman was posted to Reddit on April 11, and it featured the phrase "Notice of Delinquency" written on the front of the envelope. The return address was the "office of records, California area assessment."
Inside the envelope was a letter seemingly addressed from Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Reince Priebus.
"This notice of delinquency has been sent to you because the Republican Party has contacted you multiple times to ask for your support of our 2016 campaign," the letter read. "But we have not heard back from you and time is running out."
The letter than asked for a contribution of $25 or more to "make sure" that the RNC is "fully funded" by the time of the party's convention in July.
"I realize that it has been hard to look past the battle for the Republican Presidential Nomination," the letter continued.
"But by the end of March, 36 primaries and caucuses will have been held and we should have a good idea of who the Republican Nominee will be."
At the bottom of the letter was a section for credit card information to be filled out.
The letter quickly went viral, with many questioning whether or not it was truly from the RNC, or if it was fake.
In Phoenix, Arizona, a woman spoke out about a similar letter that was disguised as a past due bill — asking her to send $25 or more.
"It said I needed to send in my membership activation immediately," Katie Richards told ABC 15 in March.
The letter's return address was the "Office of Records Arizona Assessment." Richards said the letter, which accused her of a debt she knew nothing of, included a website and a phone number.
When ABC 15 called the number, however, it was no longer in service.
"This doesn't deserve trust to me," Richards said of her decision to ignore the letter.