When I received this letter and I open it and saw the check enclosed my guard was up...first I notice that the word secruities was misspell on the letterhead of the letter. I continue reading and when I read that I needed to call, I said to myself I will do a search on the internet to see where is this area code from and it is from Ontario, Canada.
When I try to reach the number provided and got a recording saying that all reps were busy and that the call will not go through at this moment I knew something was not right.
I call Suntrust Bank were the company suppose to have an account and holding the money. I spoke to a rep that verify that this check was a fraud. I provided the account number and it turn out that the company made have an account but the account number on the check is a fraud account. I want every individual out there to be aware of these FRAUD SWEEPSTAKES... BE AWARE!
Below is how the letter was written:
SWISS FINANCIAL SECURITIS INC.INTERNATIONAL CLAIMS DEPARTMENT, 300 2nd ST. MIDLAND ONT. L4R 1Y5
We are pleased to inform you that you are one of the declared winners of the SHOPPERS SWEEPSTAKES held on SEPTEMBER 5th, 2008 in the 2nd category. Ticket serial NO 887450136 drew the lucky winning NO 89-44-66-77-91.
We have made many unsuccessful attempts to contact you regarding this winning. You are therefore entitled to the sum of $250, 000.00 US DOLLARS. This is from total prize money of $5 MILLION US dollars that was shared and presented among the other 20 declared winners. Please note that all the participants were selected through a random computer ballot system drawn from over 50, 000 names.
Your claim number is WN/UL-5500 and has been assigned to our North American Claims Affiliate. To expedite the processing enclosed is the check of $4998.00 US dollares which ahs been deducted from your winning. The sole purpose of this check is for the payment of applicable Government Taxes on your big winnings.
The tax amount is $2995.00 US DOLLARS (TWO Thousand Nine Hundred Ninty Five Dollars) to be paid by either Moneygram or Western Union.
When the winning is processed, you will receive your final check a lump sum payment of $245, 002.00 US DOLLARS this amount will be sent to you and delivered by FedEx.
Pleae do not attempt to use this check until you call. You are advised to contact your claim agent immediately for further clarification as indicated below within 5 buessines days.
Kelly Anderson, 1-905-598-4736
Mary Brown (Promotion Manager)
New York, New York