I received a letter from Freedom Lotto Inc. informing me that I had won $45, 000. I was very suspicious and called the number just to see what they would say. David Hill (probably an alias) informed me that they would be mailing me a check for around $3, 000 for the taxes and clearance fees. He instructed me to call their office back when I received the check.
I had forgotten about it, just knowing it was probably a scam. Then, about a week or so later I received the check with a letter telling me to call. The check was for $3, 170.40, with the remitter being Debbie Patel. The check was from Charlotte Metro Credit Union in Charlotte, NC. I first called the phone number on the check and reached a man who sounded exactly like the man I talked to with Freedom Lotto. He of course assured me that the check was real, after he put me on hold to pull up the account.
I then called Freedom Lotto and David Hill told me to send a money gram to Robert Wilson at 1938 Acewood, Ottawa, Ontario M1L3B9 (after I cash the check they sent). I was then to call him back and give him the confirmation number on the receipt so he could send out the check via UPS.
After ending that call, I pulled up the website for Charlotte Metro Credit Union and called the phone number on their site (which was different than the one on the check) and spoke to a very friendly lady who informed me that this has been an ongoing scam. This man is putting this bank's name and address along with his number on these fake checks.
I called him back and told him how I felt about what he was doing. It is possible that he could be using other banks on their checks. Just verify every peice of info on any checks like this you may receive. Call information or look up the company on the web and contact them through that number, don't just trust that the info on a check you receive is correct.