I too, received yesterday, in the mail, this kind of letter from Karl Louis, of Unique Solutions Inc., in Toronto, Ont., with a check for the amount of $4, 815, stating I had won $250, 000.00 USD in some lottery. But I had to pay off a fee via a tax agent, to receive the $250, 000.00. This is a fraudulent scam, a legitimate sweepstake does not require that you buy anything or pay a fee to collect your prize. If you’ve won merchandise, the promoter will pay for delivery; if you’ve won cash, the promoter will withhold taxes or report the winnings to the IRS. When never you are required to send money up front, it’s probably a scam! If you have questions about a promotion or believe you’ve been victimized by a scam, contact your state Attorney General, local consumer protection agency or the National Fraud Information Center [protected]).