Recently I received a letter from Atlantic Lottery Corp stating that my name had been drawn to win $240, 000 US Dollars. The letter said that they had made several unsuccessful attempts to reach me about the money I had won. The total prize money was $1, 440, 000 and I was sharing this with other winners. There was a serial number along with "winning lottery numbers".
Also in the envelope was a check for $4, 845 with a business name of R&A Enterprises 4600 Ming Ave Bakersfield CA. The check was drawn off San Joaquin Bank also in Bakersfield. The letter instructed me to call a Jason Williams at 902-412-8810 before I deposited the check. This check had been deducted from my "winnings" and was to help me pay taxes on the money. I was supposed to send a money in the amount of $2, 750 by Western Union or MoneyGram.
I showed this to my husband and we were both amazed. This was a "real" check. No where on it did it say "Non-Negotiable" like most junk mail we receive. Here is the kicker. I have never been to Canada. I have not signed up for any sweepstakes. I decided to go online and see what I could find.
I started out at Atlantic Lottery Corp's website where it stated that they do not have any lotteries in the United States and if we receive something we should be careful. I then went a put in a general search and within seconds found numerous people who had received the same letter some who were not so cautious and lost the $2, 750 not to mention the fees they incurred when they wrote checks off the remaining money.
Thankfully I was suspecious and cautious but this needs to be stopped.