I received a notice with a check attached check in the amount of US $ 4, 980.00 stating I won the All Amercian Sweepstakes. The check was to be used to pay the non Resident Gov. Service Tax (GST) payable to a tax agent (Linda Clark) via money gram.
In doing so, I deposited the check which cleared the day after. Once the bank cleared the check - I contacted my claims agent Perry Williams. He send i now need to sent $3, 980.00 of the money to the tax agent.
After sending the money via money gram, I called the claims agent to give him the money gram referrence number.
After calling and providing him the referrence number, he said I will receive a package by Fed Ex which contains the sweepstakes winnings in the amount of $450, 000.00. He also adds I would have to pay an additional $1, 800 to Fed Ex which was refundable.
I told the claims agent I did not have that type of funds available and refused to pay any other fees. He said he would hold the package until I sent the money. At this point I felt as if was scammed. The same day I went to deposit funds into my account and found that the bank froze all of my funds.
Now my bank is charging me the total amount of the check.