financial express / Award Letter Notification
My mom recently received a letter in my name from a company called Financial Express regarding an award I had won of $9, 851.80 USD. The letter had a check enclosed of $985.18 USD. Relieved and completely exited because being a university student, I am very short on cash, I asked her to deposit it into my bank account right away. My mom faxed me the letter the next day, and when i read it carefully, i noticed that there was a $900.oo USD tax that I had to pay before the rest of the money was sent to me. I immediately called my bank because that just didn't sound right. I asked them to verify if the check was real. They said they would, and that they would let me know right away if it was so I could start using the money, and if it wasn't, to not touch the money because these things have happened before. Checks like this one bounce all the time and people that do spend the money end up overdrafting. So I didn't touch the money at all, i was waiting on the bank to contact me about the origin of that check. I was not expecting what happened later. I noticed that the check was shown as a withdrawal in my account plus an extra fee! My bank had charged me a fine for being involved in illegal and fraudulent activity!!! And then they blocked my account!!! Even after I had already let them know what had happened and even after I had asked them for advise on what to do in these situations, they never told me this would happen. This is also a complaint for WELLS FARGO BANK because of the lack of information they give you for these situations. They are completely selfish for doing something like this! I still haven't called the "claim agent" that the letter said to call, a certain Nancy Lowes on [protected]. What's the point, I already know this letter is a scam.