I received a letter and check in the mail today that smelled of a scam. The letter read as follows:
This is to inform you of the official release of the 2008 Australian Sweeptakes (yes, that's how they spelled it) Lottery held on April.25th 2008 in the 2nd category.
We've made many unsuccessful attempts to contact you regarding this winning. You are entitled to the sum of $125 000USD. This is from total prize of $1.25MillionUSD that was shared and presented among the 10 declared winners. Please note that all the participants were selected through a random computer ballot system drawn from over 500.000 names.
Your claim number is CA/XX-XXXX and in accordance with our disbursement policy your prize award money has been forwarded to our clearing/disbursement institution to release your funds to you either by certify check or money order or wire transfer to your designated local bank account which you will provide.
To expedite the processing, enclosed is a check of $4, 980 USD which has been deducted from your winning. You will be using some money on this first check to pay for the applicable taxes on your ($125.000USD)
The tax amount is $3, 980USD (Three Thousand Nine Hundred Eighty Dollars) to be paid either by Moneygram or Westernunion
Please do not attempt to use this check until you contact your claim agent Mr Dominic Adams. at 1-905-598-1097 for further clarification and instructions on claiming your winning.