Pretty much the same scam as Vicky from Hacienda Heights, CA Reported in Report #244497 Except for the following differences:
My boyfriends letter was dated May 30, 2007 and stated he won the 2007 North American Sweepstakes Lottery held on March 27, 2007.
The check enclosed was in the amount of $2, 500.00 from Edison Properties, L.L.C. in Newark, NJ. I have to tell you this check looks real. Fleet Bank is printed on the check, but the routing number belongs to Bank of America, who we contacted. No stipulations were on the back of the check. In the letter it stated he had to contact his claim agent Mr. Dominic Adams at 1647-832-3347 before attempting to cash the check.
He supposedly won $50, 000 USD and all he had to do was send a money order or western union in the amount of $1, 950 USD to pay for the taxes.
As Vicky explained, no ligitimate sweepstakes would ask for tax money up front.
Also, The Ontatio Lottery and Gaming Corporation states in their website that Canada doesn't tax any lottery winnings. It would be up to the individual to report it on their income tax.