I received a letter today saying I had won $250, 000 in a shoppers sweepstakes. Along with the letter was a check for $4975 of which I was to do nothing with before notifying them. As part of the requirement, I was to send $2950 by money gram or Western Union to pay the 'applicable Government Taxes on my big winnings.' As I rarely accept calls or e-mails saying things of this nature, I decided to get some feedback from some friends on this situation who guided me to research it and find out if this company was even legitimate. One even suggested that I call the State Dept. to find out about this company. I didn't even have to go that far because as soon as I googled their name I came up with another complaint about the exact same scam on your site. Same company name but a different location. The other was located in New Jersey.
The first hint that it wasn't legitimate was that the envelope did not have a return address on it, but the fact that they wanted a $2950 money gram in order to receive the rest of my winnings was absurd!
I just hope that the more people report this terrible scam the people doing it will be brought to justice. I wised up many years ago about telemarketers and computer scammers, but it is shameful how others ARE getting scammed everyday and are just too gullible to realize it until it's too late.