I received the following letter in the mail on July 20th, 2009:
111 Gordon Baker Road
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
July 14th, 2009
Claim number: MYW-***-****-EF
We are pleased to advice you that you are one of the winners of the second category of Sweepstake and Lottery Draw held on April 16th, 2009.
Your ticket with serial number: 24-**-**-**-56
You are therefore entitled to the sum of US $450, 000.00 (four-hundred and fifty-thousand dollars) payable to you by bank draft, money order or certified check.
Enclosed is a check of US $4, 950.00 (four-thousand nine-hundred and fifty dollars) which is deducted from your winnings.
The purpose of this check is to assist you to pay for the Non Resident Government Service Tax (GST). Taxes must be paid in full, before winnings can be legally released. The payment information is stated below.
Tax agent: DENNIS FATHAM
8898 RICHMOND ROAD
OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA
Tax Amount; $3, 950.00 US dollars (three-thousand nine-hundred & fifty dollars)
Payment Method: WESTERN UNION OR MONEY GRAM.
You are advised to contact your assigned claims agent,
DEBBIE JONES OR SCOTT DOUGLAS at Tel: 1-778-883-6179
Monday to Friday....for further instructions on how to claim your winnings.
Please do not act on this notice until you speak to your agent.
John Garfield (Promotions Manager)
The above letter came stamped from Canada, with no return address. The letter it is printed on does not contain an official watermark, but it does have a digital image stolen from ING Direct Canada. The envelope also contained a check in the amount of $4, 950.00. At first glance it was very obvious to me that this letter/check was a scam, and after researching it online I have confirmed that it is definitely a scam.
Please report it if you receive one of these letters and then shred/dispose of them safely.