I received a letter that stated I had won $125, 000 in the De-Lotto North American Sweepstakes Lottery and it had a $4, 980 (official looking) check attached to it. The letter said that I was to contact the claims disbursement agent, John Smith, and not to attempt to deposit the check until I had done so.
I immediately was suspicious. Anyone can purchase and print business checks as well as open a bank account. And if you owe taxes on lottery winnings you only deal with the IRS, not the company you won them from.
I looked up "Power Mart Rewards And Trust Inc." on Google and found that there were already numerous reports filed on canada-complaints.com under the Power Mart, United Mart, & Safeway Mart names. The reports stated that these companies were taking peoples money & ripping peoples bank accounts off. Several of the reports stated that when they called the phone # a middle eastern man answered and if you said that you were just going to deposit the check he would hang up on you. Other reports stated that once you deposited the check into your account a hold was put on the check and then the company would receive the returned check with your account info on the back of the check, giving them total access to your account information. And if you wired the money (2, 980 tax payment by Western Union or Moneygram) to the company it was gone forever.
Beware! If you receive one of these letters & checks then put them back into the envelope they came in and drop them off at your nearest police department.