We received the same type of letter from Allied Securities, Inc., that included a check for $4, 850.00, instructing ustonot cash the check but to first contact Allied as to how we should use a portion (more than half) of the check to first pay "government taxes" in order to collect the remaining sum of our total winnings equallng $262, 000.00.
First of all, we did not enter any sweepstakes, based in CANADA no less. The letter was sent to us with no retur address on the envelope, using regular postage (not corporate-type postage meter), and our name / mailing address on the envelope was placed there by a standard peel-n-stick mailing label. All of this posed a red flag to us.
Inside the envelop, the letter was written on standard white bond paper with black ink. Formatting of the letter was sloppy and unprofessional. They mentioned that had "...made many unsuccessful attempts to contact..." us -- no they didn't. No phone calls, no e-mails, no letters in the mail. Nothing.
At the bottom of the letter, they urge us to "...keep this winning confidential until [our] claim has been processed and [our] cash remitted to [us] as this is part our (sic) security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by non participants taking advantage of this program."
The letter was claimed that the "Claims / Disbursement Agent" was ROY SMITH
The letter was then signed by the "Promotion Manager", JOSEPH I. PETER.
What a scam! These people are going to have to be a lot slicker than this to fool me!