I am a Michigan attorney and also a published author. Today in a plain white envelope with a typed label, I received a letter "WINNING FINAL NOTIFICATION" and a check from an "Airboss Rubber Compounding (Inc) In, 800 Airboss Parkway, Scotland Neck, North Carolina USA 27874" purportedly drawn on Comerica Bank, Detroit, Michigan in the sum of $3, 875.00. The letter claimed it was money withheld to cover taxes on winning lotteries and that I, the winner (interesting, because I never entered such a lottery) should call a number of 1-416-843-6721 to collect the "balance" of my $125, 000 US dollars. The check was to be used to cover $2, 875 to the "tax agent" and the moneys were to be sent by WESTERN UNION.
They are obviously collating their schemes to the geographical area covered. Obviously it is a scam, but given the number of desperate people here in the Detroit area, somebody would be likely to cash it. One "Martin Lawson" signed the letter as "Promotion Agent."
I plan to turn this one over to authorities, but I have had clients who have been victims of various transmit by Western Union schemes. Usually the local law enforcement agents are so busy that they fail to deal with it, claiming any jurisdiction would be federal. The feds have bigger things on their plates.
I would beg anybody receiving this or hearing "good news" from friends that they received it to not take the bait!