The victim receives a letter informing him/her that they have won a lottery. The victim is then instructed to deposit the accompanying check to pay for international clearance fees, with the expectation that he/she will receive a large amount of money they have won. The problem occurs when the bank allows the victim to draw on that amount, 2-3 days after checking that there are sufficient funds in the account the check is drawn on. But when the check is returned NSF of found to be counterfeit, the victim is then responsible for paying the bank back the amount he/she has withdrawal. Victims in the USA should contact the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation at 877-275-3342 or check drawn on foreign banks, the Secret Service at 202-406-5572. I received a letter like this three days ago and have spoken to the agent (Tiffany Brown, who told me how my name was entered in this lotto, to deposit the check, wait til it was cleared by my bank, and to call her when I made my withdrawal). I did the total opposite and researched the company name on the check (found no since company, but the address was legit), the Irish Foundation Lotto (which popped up scam alert clear as day), and looked up the company name on the Better Business Bureau, and found them listed under Standard Financial Management (contact person named David Brown, big red flaggs went off in my head when I saw that) with the information I listed above under their name. Now the person who I'm dealing with doesn't know about my suspicion, and is expecting me to call her back in 3 days. So I'm trying my best to get someone to help me track her down, so that she can be brought to justice; and I also wanted make the public aware of this scam or that it's still going on. I see from this site that two people were victims of this same scam just different Lotto Foundations earlier this year, and I feel for them. Please keep in mind that once you endorse a check, you are 100% liable for it; whether it's fraudulet or not. Always do your research on any organization(s) you or not aware or or know nothing about.
A Concerned Consumer
Daytona Beach, Florida