Like many others potentially affected by this scam, on Saturday, December 11, 2006 I had doubts that the information I received due to the large sum of money involved because people just don't give that kind of money away without a price to pay. I am disabled and draw SSI, and SS disability is still pending. Last month's bills are yet to be paid. That kind of money would be nice to have though.
I received a letter in the mail from Global-Link Lotto that was postmarked from Canada that had one of those "Envelope Stuffing Jobs" printed sticky address labels on it. There was no return address written or typed on the envelope. I opened the mail like every day before, but quickly realized that this letter was different. It was dated November 24, 2006 and stated that it was from THE DESK OF THE REGIONAL COORDINATOR FREE LOTTO PROMOTION. The letter stated that this was my FINAL NOTIFICATION that my name was attatched to Ticket number 077566 was drawn in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on November 10, 2006, as the ticket that won the lottery in the 3rd catagory. Because that ticket was drawn, it stated that I was approved for a lump sum of $120, 000.00 in cash credited to file:ZZTE508-22/A1 which just so happened to be $7, 853, 180.00 which was to be shared among all international winners in this 3rd catagory.
There was a check enclosed in the amount of $1, 998.00 which was apparently to help cover the taxes on the winnings. The letter went on to state that I would receive the lump sum after and only after payments for the taxes and service charges on the winnings had been paid. This check looked very real. It had an account number which was stated to belong to University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authorities, located at 600 Highland Ave, Madison, WI, 53792. It also had a bank routing number, stated to belong to US BANK Wausau, Wausau, WI, located at the bottom of the check adding to it's deceiving credibility. The fake check contained water marks and legitimate looking information located on the back. The check was signed by a Gary Eliler (last name stamped to the best of my determination.
To begin my claim for the $120, 000.00 I was instructed to contact the International claim Agent, at 1-604-338-7092 for directives on Validation/Remittance procedures. the man that I talked to was, Brian Anderson. The letter warned that all Winning entitlements must be claimed on or before December, 18, 2006, or the funds would be returned to the GLOBAL SWEEPSTAKES as unclaimed. This letter was signed by a Carol Rogers and was stated to be the President. My suspicions were heightened by the mispelling of both Presidente (President) and cheque(check).
When I asked Mr. Anderson how I was put in the lottery in the first place, he said that they only way to be in the lottery, was to sing up for it on the internet--which I NEVERE did.
Upon investigating the companies, phone numbers and cities cited in the letter I found them all to be fake or not-connected in any way to GLOBAL-LINK LOTTO. I sincerely hope that these sophisticated scammers will be brought to justice before they take anymore money from hard-working, simple people.
I ask that if you or someone you know and love is/was one of the intended victims of this scam that you join me in reporting it to every law enforcement agency that will listen as well as to any public arena or forum that will allow you to do so. I hope that all of us intended victims have the last laugh while we are spending all of their dirty money. I ask that you do not stop fighting unless or until these people are fined and or jailed as they should be. If not you or your mother or other loved ones will continue to be at risk. I join with others in thanking you ahead of time for all of your help in resolving this matter.
Gastonia North Carolina