North American Lottery Incorporation / Scammers and liars
I received a notice in the mail at the beginning of August-2009 about winning the North American Lottery in the amount of $50, 000. I was 1 of 4 individuals that won a lump sum of $200, 000. I began reading this notice and thought it was too good to be true until I saw a check for $4, 800. It looked real enough, it had a watermark on the back and everything. I checked the bank out that was on the check and found out it was a real bank, in fact the bank, SunTrust, is the bank my boyfriend's parents bank at. It went on to say that $2, 900 of the money I received had to pay for government taxes and I had to cash the check and go to a Western Union or do a moneygram in order to pay the taxes and receive the rest of the lottery money. My so-called contact was named David Jones, he sounded like he was from Africa or the Middle East somewhere and I could barely understand him. I thank God my mother didn't raise a fool because I imediately started to investigate and found out it was a scam. When I called the number on the notice, I got a voicemail and I could not leave a message, but like 5 minutes after I called the number a man called my phone number back. I thought that was too weird. He instructed me not to tell anyone about the winnings and go straight to the bank and cash the check and call him right away so he can tell me where to send the money for tax payment. I then called up my bank and sat down with them and had them to call the number and the bank sure enough said that was a scam. Even though the bank that was on the check was a real bank did not mean it was a real check, and my bank told me if I would have cashed that check I would be responsible for paying them back. Watch out everyone, it's awful that some people are taking the time to figure out new ways to rob you of what you work so hard for.