I recieved a letter in the mail today, It said I won a 6 day 5 night all expense paid cruise to the bahama's. Also included was a check for $2, 800. There was a phone number on the letter so I called and spoke with a woman who confirmed that I had won. She said "all you have to do is deposit the check, and wait until it clears (usualy 3-5 business days) then send it to "Martha Green in NY" by western union. She congratualted me several times on my win.
I being the skeptic that I am, immediatly took the check to my bank. The bank manager questioned the lack of a bank name on the check. So she called the "Financial Crimes Dept" The man she spoke to said he was aware of the scam and asked her to copy and fax both the check and the letter immediatly to him. I have searched and searched all day online for any hint of a reputable business name for Prudent Financial" of course I found nothing. The check was issued from "GOODRICH" a company in Opa-Locka, Fla, I called them, and spoke to a Mgr, he said many people had called him recently saying they had a recieved a check and a letter stating they had won also.
I called the number on the letter several times, each time, they adamantly stated that it was not a scam and that thier claims dept would get in touch with me. Of course no one ever did. If you recieve a letter and a check like this, please do not get your hopes up as my children and I did. You will only be in for a huge let down. I hope the FBI go after and get these scammers!!!