I recieved a letter and check in the mail supposedly from Maple Resources, Inc. The letter indicated that I was one of a few winners of the INTERNATIONAL SHOPPING SWEEPSTAKES LOTTERY. It then gave me a winning "ticket" number, and going on to say where all this money was going, etc. It asked me to contact and person by the name of LAURA PRESTON, who is supposedly their claim agent. It asked for an amount of 2, 935 dollars to be wired through a moneygram facility such as Western Union.
I'm a smart person who knew the check and letter was fraudulent right when I opened it. The things I first noticed were the following:
1. The cashiers check was not attached to an invoice voucher sheet. (I work with checks at work, when a check is written for a large amount it usually will come with an invoice sheet attached.)
2. The address from the bank of the check did not match the address of the company. (It's a US address on the check, and a Canadian company)
3. The remitter's name on the check did not match any name in the letter. (Remitter was Richard Pennington, name on the letter was Laura Preston)
My husband and I looked up the bank name on the check, and it IS a legit bank, with a legit routing number on the check, but their 800 number on the check did not match their website for that location. We tried to call the number that was on the letter for that Laura Preston lady, and a man answered the phone, and when we asked what company he was with and what his address was, he hung up on us. Now, if that isn't phony, I don't know what is!
I wanted to make everyone aware of this scam, and we are hoping that the person who did this is sitting there reading this and sweating like the pig that he is!
Don't be one of those people that get scammed by this, be smart like my husband and I. ALWAYS think twice before jumping into something, and if it looks too good to be true, it almost always is!