On November 13th 2006 I got off work and went home i checked my home mail box. I noticed this letter with no return address on the envelope. I opened it b/c i could see the outline of a check through the envelope. I pulled the check out along with the folded paper. It said "award certificate" I went on the read the paper.
IT said through a computer ballot system my name was added in a drawing and i "emerged as one the winners" I was to receive a total of $107, 646.00 (after fees). I looked over the check that came with it that states it was an "assistance check"for international clearance fees. I looked the check over and over it was a legit check. So i called my husband and he called the phone # on the paper. They said yes i won it come from surfing the web or something. They told him to deposit the check and call back. My agent was "Donna Rogers" which is a fake name.
But i was excited, the check looked real, i never played the lotto but maybe it was a random name drawing. So the next day i went to work and i happen to mention this to a co-work she thought something was fishy so she researched it and came to this site. And i thank her for that. Because i was going to deposit that check after work. Good thing i didn't.
After reading what some others wrote and their stories matched mine so well i wanted to get more info on exactly what they were trying to do. The check that you receive (amount $ 2995.75) is a real check it is just a stolen check. I wonder how could it be stolen if it was addressed to me. Some companies have premade checks that are just blank ( the "to" and "amount" just have to be typed in).This is how this check was the company name that was on the check was a child tutoring center (stealing from kids). If i won the lottery wouldn't the check say on it "royal british lotto"? well it didn't.
Then looking over the letter i received the printed text name was "Jackson Dawson" (fake) but the signature was "Lois L. something last name i can't make out. But shouldn't they be the same. Then why would they send me one check just to get another check? Why wouldn't they just take all the clearance fees out the big check and just send what was left? Also why does the letter state it was a drawing in London but the zenith group and postal mark are bother canada? It also says keep out of public notices in the letter so they won't be taken advantage of. What a laugh.
Since i work in customer service i know a little about check clearing, i do know that checks have to clear 2 banks. So from what i've gathered this is what happens. You deposit the check they tell you to call back once has cleared you bank( remember has to clear to banks) but we as regular people don't think about that.so it clears yours you call back and they tell you to wire the money. You do as they say and it is possible that if you have money already in your account that might end up being sent. But in any event, when you bank actually tries to get the money for the check from that checks bank it shows as stolen and it bounces.
So you may end up paying bounced check fees and could possibly get in trouble for using a stolen check. and these people keep getting away with it. They use many different addresses different names like monica brown with phone 780 604 8272 or debbie jones 902 412 1240 which seem like cell phones where they just use their voicemail message as the comany voice mail. Each time i called i got the same person you would think if it is a comany someone else would answer and the voicemail message for the "company" was her too. "donna Rogers" I don't understand why people are so dishonest. But i'm not done with them yet I'm going to contact my newspaper, local tv stations, banks, so the word can get out and if you read this you do the same tell everyone you know. I also contacted the company that the check was stolen from and i will give them all the info i have( stealing from the education of kids).No one should be scammed like this! But they must remember "you reap what you sow"