On Monday March 12, 2007 I received a letter for Foreign Lotteries from Canada addressed to my wife. The letter didn't have a return address on the envelope and it was stamped from Canada post office. The letter explained this was a Winning Final Notification and they have made many unsuccessful attempts to contact her regarding this winning. The letter reported that she was one of 36 declared 2nd category winners entitled to win the sum of $250, 000 US Dollars. Instruction with claim number, to make contact within 5 days of the posted date to claim her winnings.
With the letter was a check for $4, 875.00 US Dollars that appeared to be valid with multiple security features. The account name on the check was Ramco Financial Services 4341 NW 80th Ave #100 Coral Springs, FL 33065. The check was from Bankatlantic, 4635 N. University Dr, Coral Springs, FL 33067-4620. The check had a routing number with a check number. The letter reported the check was apart of her winnings being sent. The sole purpose of this check is to enable you to pay for the applicable Government Tax. I contacted Bankalantic and talked to a customer service representative and reported this to them. The customer service representative reported they have been working on a security matter with fraudulent foreign lotteries.
Instructions given in the letter to cash the check and pay a total sum of $2, 950.00 US Dollars either by Moneygram or Western Union mailed directly to the tax agent. Before I made any attempts to answer or mailed in the check I started looking to this. My wife made contact by calling the listed phone number and made contact with a man claiming to be Mr. Richard Clair. Mr. Clair reported my wife information was given to through a sweepstake promotional add from Home Depot. He reported she need to cash the check and call him back to be given the tax agents contact information to mail in her taxes.
I now know that I cannot participate in Foreign Lotteries. When I looked on The Better Business Bureau web site and found another company with the same information but with a different name. Masco Financial Services addressed 100 King street **Mail Returned** Toronto, ON M5X 1B1, Telephone: (416) 839-6076. Additional company management personnel include: John Howard, Henry Joseph, George Stanley, and Richard Clair. Additional Phone Numbers: (647) 722-0901 ext. 1, (416) 832-8279, (905) 598-0160, (416) 507-9705, and (416) 732-7449. Most of the information on the web site matches the information in my letter. We were given the 1 (416) 732-7449 to talk to Richard Clair and the letter was signed yours truly Mrs. Jacqueline Ryback (promotion Manager) with a 100 king street Toronto ON, Canada address but a different postal code (M9M-1Y1).
I would like to report this matter for your records thank you for your time.
Delaware City, Delaware