Greg Ubah (Claim Agent for ALLSTATE FINANCE, Winnepeg, MB) and Ms. Meg Adams (Tax Agent) attempted to scam my brother for $3696.00. My brother received a letter saying he had won a drawing for all ONE TIME SWEEPSTAKES participants within the last five years. Enclosed was an authentic looking check ($3949.00) to be drawn on the Bank of America for him to pay NON-RESIDENT GOVT. TAX (GST) payable to his tax agent by MONEYGRAM/WESTERN UNION. He wasn't supposed to act on the letter until after he contacted Greg Ubah. I was suspicious, first I checked through the internet and found the claim agent's number is a cell phone number. Then I contacted the Bank of America and inquired about the account. Bank of America said the check was fraudlent and had me contact 1-800-756-3333. It's a law enforcement division. I was told it was definitely a fraud, and to take the letter and check to my nearest Bank of America for them to finish the reporting process. Had my brother followed the instruction, not to act until after contacting Greg Ubah, I'm sure he would have followed the instructions because he thought his total prize was $148, 000. He would have lost the $3696.00 (cash he would have used to send the moneygram/western union) and then realized there was no check being delivered by the "Special Courier Company". Here is some information to avoid becoming a victim of scams that cost you money.
Sweepstakes, Prizes & Lotteries
It's illegal for a company to require you to buy something or pay a fee in order to win or claim a prize.
It's illegal for a company to even suggest that your chances will be better if you make a purchase.
NEVER deposit a check you didn't expect to get, since you'll be responsible for it if it bounces
Joining a lottery "club" won't improve your chances of winning foreign lotteries.
When you respond to a lottery solicitation, you identify yourself as a potential victim, resulting in many more offers for lotteries and other fraudulent money making opportunities.