I was the winner of a computerized balloting system conducted by an International Promotions Program (IPP). This drawing is conducted annually. I had won and award of $48, 000 on February 29, 2008.
I had been instructed to call 1-250-813-3148 for a Mr. Andy Cooper. When I had called, someone that claimed to be an assistant of Andy Cooper answered the phone and instucted me to deposit the check sent with the letter. The check had been in the amount of $4, 618.21. This money was to used to pay the taxes and insurance associated with the prize money. I was then instructed to wire $2, 250.16 to a Paula Caulder of Victoria BC, Canada. Also $2, 261.54 to a Jason Stempniak of Victoria BC, Canada. I then asked for a tracking number for the remaining $43, 381.79. I was told there was no tracking number. The winnings are covered by insurance. I was then told to call back the following day (today) at 1 or 2'o clock.
I went home and got on the internet to find out that I have been another victim of what is to be just a "SCAM".
I immediately alerted my bank of the potential fraudulant check that I had deposited. I ultimately will have to pay the bank back $4, 618.21. Not to mention, the cost to wire that money to Canada with totalled $190.00 ($95.00 per transaction).
These people suck. Anyone who preys on hard working citizens with children to support are simply "low".