The following is a letter was sent to my grandmother, the envelopw had no return address, and was not bulk mail.
This letter is almost identical, save for the names and phone number, to another complaint: http://www.usaconsumercomplaints.com/reports/0/381/RipOff0381017.htm
ING Direct (logo, blurry and stretched)
111 GORDON BAKER RD
TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA
NOVEMBER 5th, 2008
Claim number: MYW-015-9540-EN
We are pleased to advice you that you are one of the winners in the second category of Sweepstake and Lottery Draw held on September 24, 2008.
Your ticket with serial number 24-09-32-11-56
You are therefore entitled to the sum of US $450, 000.00 (four hundred and fifty thousand dollars) payable to you by bank draft, money order or certified check.
Enclosed is a check of US $4, 950.00 (four thousand nine and fifty dollars) which is deducted from your winnings.
The purposes of this check is to assist you to pay for the Non Resident Government Service Tax (GST). Taxes mus be paid in full, before winnings can be legally released. The payment information is stated below:
HARRY W. KROSS
1193 RIVER VALLEY AVE
WINDSOR, ONTARIO, CANADA
Tax amount; $3, 900.00 US dollars (three thousand nine hundred dollars)
Payment Method: Money Gram.
You are advised to contract your assigned claims agent,
LINDA JONES OR SEAN HAMILTON at TEL: 1-778-323-1900
Monday to Friday....for further instructions on how to claim your winnings. Please do not act on this notice until you speak to your agent.
John Garfield (Promotions Manager)
The check that was sent along with the letter was printed on check stock (that anyone can purchase from office supply stores). The company on the check was listed as:
Heritage Harbour Apts LLC
1279 W Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 5B
Wellington, FL 33414
which is a real company under:
12791 W Forest Hill Blvd. Ste 5B
West Palm Beach, FL, 33414
as you can see, they eliminated the '1' from the address, but there is no 4-digit address on that road, and Wellington is a subdivision of West Palm Beach.
I would love to have a list of the companies on the checks these crooks are mailing out, make a cross referenced database, and fight back!
My grandmother is deceased, but suffered from alzheimers. Just think what could have happened if she had gotten this mail instead of a relative?!?
I have Bainbridge Construction's telephone number and I am calling them after the holidays to inform them (if they are not already aware) that their check/name/reputation has been compromised. The originals are being sent to the US Postal Inspectors, since it was sent thru the US mail, it is MAIL FRAUD.
I scanned the letter and check and posted on:
and the check (minus my grandmother's name):