My sister in law started recieving many phone calls from someone who was ignored (as she did not know them and is on the state and federal do not call lists). Then she got a letter in the mail with a real looking business check for $4, 900.00 dollars in it. It did not seem right so after we called and it went straight to voice mail(hello dead giveaway) we looked up the Company on the internet. We couldn't find the name but we did find the address on here. We then contacted the company on the check(which was another dead giveaway as it did no match)to find out if they were victims as well or in on it.. They are a small family owned company and are very much victims as well.. This scam has victims in other states at least 4 so far. The following is excactly what the letter says;
ASSOCIATED CONSULTANTS INC.
650 YOUNG STREET. TORONTO ONTARIO CANADA, M7G6J4
September 23, 2008
We are pleased to inform you that you are one of the declared winners of NORTH AMERICAN SWEEPSTAKES held on July. 28th, 2008 in the second Category.. Ticket serial NO.76063580 drew the lucky winning NO.8507752. We have made many unsuccessful attempts to contact you regarding this winning
You are therefore entitled to the sum of _$100, 000 US dollars_. This is from total prize money of $1 MILLION US dollars that was shared and presented among the 10 other declared 2nd CATEGORY winners. Please note that all the participants were selected through a radom computer ballot system drawn from over 100, 000 names.
In accordance with our disbursement policy, your cliam number has been assigned to our North American Claims Affiliate.your claim number must be kept private to avoid a double claim
TO EXPEDITE THE PROCESSING, ENCLOSED IS A CHECK IN THE AMOUNT OF $4, 900.00 US DOLLARS, WHICH IS PART OF YOUR WINNING BEING SENT TO YOU, THE SOLE PURPOSE OF THIS CHECK IS TO ENABLE YOU TO PAY FOR THE APPLICABLE _GOVERNMENT TAXES_ ON YOUR BIG WINNING.
YOU ARE REQUIRED TO PAY A TOTAL SUM OF $3, 900.OO(THREE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED DOLLARS) FOR THE _GOVERNMENT TAX_. THIS AMOUNT IS TO BE PAID EITHER BY _MONEYGRAM_ OR _WESTERN UNION_ directly to the tax agent.
When the winning is processed, you will recieve your _final check_ a lump sum of $95, 100.00 this amount will be sent to you and delivered by UPS.
Please do not attempt to use this check until you call. You are advised to contact your claim agent Immediately for further clairification as indicated below within 5 business days.
MRS. DONNA ADAMS 1-905-598-6079(CLAIM AGENT)
MR RAY KING (Promotion Manager)