I recieved a check in the mail for $3, 750.00. I thought it was too good to be true! The check was from D'libro const, INC in West Warwick, RI. This is Rhode Island. The bank was the bank of Rhode Island. Enclosed with the check is a letter from Oasis Financial Services in London Ontario stating that I had won a lottery for $125, 000 and that this check was to help pay for the fees and taxes that I would be charged for the winnings.
The letter also stated that the check was not valid until I call their number and gave them more information. It also stated that after I called they would send money to my account.
After calling my bank and some searching on the internet I found out that this was a scam to get your bank account info. My bank also told me that they have had a few people cash these checks only for them to come back as counterfeit, then the customer is responsible for the checks and either have to pay it back or face jail time.
There are plenty of red flags here. First, I never entered a lottery. Second, why am I getting a check in the name of a construction company? Third, why is the bank in Rhode Island if the lottery is from Canada? Fourth, why isn't there an "800" number to call? Fifth, no zip code on their address. Sixth, there are too many grammatical errors in the letter.
I was so excited about getting a check that I didnt notice all of the red flags until I calmed down, did some checking and really looked at it closer.
I am a very poor person, trying to raise children and take care of a husband with medical problems. I feel very bad for the people who are in the same situation or worse than I'm in and fall for this scam. We really need to get the word out to people so that they are aware of this and not fall prey to these vultures.