I received a letter along with a check in the amount of $3950.00 from TD Financial. I supposedly had won $450, 000.00 in the second category of a sweepstakes on June 1st 2008.
This check was to help pay for the Non Resident Govenment Service Tax that must be paid in advance of receiving my winnings. The amount of the tax is $2700.00 and had to be paid by Money Gram to the Tax Agent, Tasha Reiley at 1898 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario M4P 2R4. Larry McKenzie is the assigned claims agent.
The letter also notes that in order to process the payment of the $450, 000 you must fax the money gram payment slip to 1-905-392-1590.
I have not been to Canada in the last 2 years so this seemed strange immediately. Also, the letterhead was just a photocopy and not a proper business letterhead as you would expect if you had just won $450, 000.00. All of the REAL TD Financial Group businesses have a green logo and would never send out a photocopy of their letterhead.
I checked the bank information on the check and the address for Washington Mutual who the check is drawn on, does not exist.
I am in hopes that these people can be caught. I hate to think that people would send $2700.00 to these rip-off artists only to find out that the check they deposited has bounced. Please don't be fooled by this scam.