This scam artist has taken copies of our company's checks, changed the check number and payee, and sent them out to unsuspecting individuals claiming to be part of a large sum lottery award from Canada ($125, 000.00). The scam letter claims that "The purpose of this check is to assist you pay for the Non Resident Government Tax (GST)", says that the "tax" due is $3, 150.00, and that this amount must be received by the representative within 45 days from the notification date on the letter in order for the winnings to be disbursed.
We have been contacted by the bank on several occasions regarding fraudulent checks with our company name on them being deposited by individuals who have fallen victim to the scam. The checks drawn on our account will BOUNCE, and those individuals will be stuck having paid the "tax" requested by the letter.
Here is a link regarding such scams, from the Federal Trade Commission: https://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/credit/cre40.shtm