I received a letter from Standard Trust Financial, 5500 king Street London Ontario (I will assume Canada due to the postage stamp on the plain white envelope lacking company letter). - First Warning
Included with the letter stating I had won a "Compensation Draw" of $250, 000.00, was a check for $4, 700.00 made out to me, signed by illegible, which I was to use to pay 'Government' (why capitol? which government? ) applicable taxes and insurance fees on my yet to be received winnings. Why would I pay taxes and fees for something not yet received? - Second Warning
The bank names given on the check are
Sunmark Capitol Corp.
635 Maryville Centre, Ste. 105
St. Louis, MO 63141-5817
Bank One Turst (yes, misspelled on the check), NA - Third Warning
Columbus, OH 43271
According to the letter supposedly signed by Brenda Fawcett, President, I am to contact my claim attorney, Sandra Hill at 1-647-834-7188 for further directions. This number goes to a generic phone box which is overfilled and no longer accepting messages. - Fourth Warning
The phone number on the letter head, 1-905-781-0994 goes to a generic voice box which is also no longer accepting messages.
Both voice boxes use the same woman's voice (although the area codes differ and would suggest different locations). - Fifth Warning
I took the check to my bank and they warned me against cashing the $4, 700.00 stating that scam companies could then access and debit my account and I would be left with fees and more dept. - Final Warning and Verification of my suspicions
I came home and searched the internet for Standard Trust Financial-it was an easy find.
People need to be warned of such unscrupulous behavior.