I'm trying to dig deeper into this scam. Today, Tuesday 1 July, 08, I received a check in the mail for $3950.00, drawn from Wells Fargo Bank, this is supposed to be the amount they deducted from the total price to enable payment for the applicable tax. God knows I could use this money, I have college tuitions to pay. I have occasionally completed surveys so I thought this could be true. Anyway, I thought it was a little to good to be true so at about, 4:30 I called the number 905-781-9522, to contact one of 2 agents, Vicky Johnson or Robert Harris, and reached the answering system which stated that the phone system was full.
ALL PRICES MUST BE CLAIMED BY July 14, 2008.
Office hours: Monday to Friday 9AM - 9PM, Saturday 10AM - 5PM, Sunday Closed.
I then researched the phone number and it came back to a cell phone provider called Fido Solutions, from Brampton, On, ON.
I then looked up Wells Fargo's number and they gave me an automated number, 480-394-3122, which asks for data from the check, the system eventually just disconnects. Having delt with Wells Fargo in the past, I know they are a ligitimate financial institution. I want to know how they are handling this situation, having their name mixed with this scam.
After reading the letter that accompanied the check again, which starts off by saying, Congratulations
We wish to notify you of the release of the Consumer's Reward Program Lottery held on May 02, 2008. Your name, attached to ticket number 949... drew the lucky number of 3, 7, etc...... which ultimately WON the lottery in the second category.
Please read the following carefully
You have been approved for the lumo sum payment of $39, 000 credited to an account with the above Claim Number. This amount is drawn from the total prize of $480, 000 shared among the North American Winners in this category. Previous attempts to contact you directly on April 25, 2008 failed, resulting in this final notification. For security reasons, we advise that you keep this award from public notice until your claims have been finalized. This will help us prevent fraud and double claims. ETC.
How could they have tried to notify me in April if the drawing wasn't until May? This is when I googled Johnson Financials, which led me to this site and the other complaints. No one was specific about what happened at the bank with the check, but I couldn't get a direct answer from Wells Fargo.
My other thought after I made the telephone call was another long distance telephone scam, were individuals were able to make international calls using your phone number.
Looking for some Justice and there has to be a stop to these rip off's. Preying on people in financial need.