I recieved a letter in the mail stating that I had a outstanding lottery claim from the year of 2004. The letter went on to read that "Your sweepstakes/lottery with the serial #1012004Can was a winning ticket in the category "A" of the North American draws for 2004 for a total $25, 000, 000 distributed among 127 currently identified participants across U.S.A and Canada. Your share is an escrwo account pending your claim. This is a final attempt to settle this claim."
Enclosed with the letter was a check for 1, 980.00 which was said to be a deduction from my total winnings of 196, 000.00 and that it represented taxes and other fees to process my claim. The remaining 194, 020.00 would be disbursed to me in a cash settlement as soon as all "positive verifications are concluded and all fees and applicable taxes paid in full."
I was then instructed to call G.R. Boland & Associates who was in contractual agreement to process this claim and to assist me in finalizing this claim successfully.
After recieving this letter I called the company and talked with a man who told me to take the check and deposit it into my account and once the funds became available to Western Union the 1, 9800.00 to a lady named Michele Akron in Toronto, Canada. I did so with my bank and called the man back and he said I should recieve my settlement check withing 5-7 business days. The next week I got a call from my bank stating that the check came back as "insufficient funds." I contacted G.R. Boland & Associates to tell them of this problem and that I had never recieved my settlement check and they sounded truly concerned with the matter. The man I spoke with told me he would get back to me to see what was going on. When he did get back to me he stated that the reason I had never recieved the settlement check was due to not paying the "insurance" on the package to be sent from Canada. The insurance that was needed was the total of 550.00 which was to be sent Western Union to some guy in Pheonix. When I asked about the negative balance in my checking from the previous check he told me it would all be taken care of after I paid the insurance. This is when I realized that this had to be a fraud.
I got on the internet and typed in their name and found a claim just like mine! I am now trying to find a way to get back the 1, 980.00 which I am now negative in my checking account. If you recieve a letter like this please throw it away and do not call. It is a Fraud!