I recieved a letter and check in the mail with no return address on it from Royal British Lotto. It stated that I had "emerged as one of the winners of the British Random Draws International", and subsequently won the lottery in the third category, ulitmately making me the winner of $115, 500 USD.
The check is supposed to be an "assistance check" to help finance the "international clearance fee of $2, 846.50", which is to be remitted to my designated "North American Agent". I called my agent "Richard Owens, of Zenith Financial Management Group". Once I contacted him I was asked my "winner code" and name and he said he had to "confirm my claim". He asked me for a telephone number he could contact me at, at which I had given him my home phone number.
When he returned my call he called me on my cell phone? He then told me to deposit the check into my account, and when the funds were available to contact him again. This is where I really started to get suspicious and also the fact that in the letter it states: "We ask you to keep this award from public notice until your claim has been processed and money remitted to your account...". I also told him that I was a little leary of the whole thing and he told me that the "bank" would not process a fake check and so on.
Other than my boyfriend being skeptical of the whole thing, I started to doubt the legitamacy of the check also and researched it on the internet and found all of the consumer complaints. Thank God people posted there complaints. I am a single mother of 2 children who really needed the money and had gotten my hopes up to only get them crushed. I'm thankful that I did not deposit the check because I probably would have been taking some other persons money and putting myself into even more financial difficulty once the bank found out about the fraud.
Hopefully these complaints will help catch the cruel people who can live with themselves by ripping off other people.
Cedar Lake, Indiana