North American Sweepstakes Association / received a letter and check
I received a letter saying I had won the Customer Compensation Draw and was entitled to a sum of $48, 200 but also a check was enclosed for $3, 200 to help pay for the taxes and insurance on the larger amount. It went on to say that this was "organized for all customer of the major stores in US and Canada e.g. Wal-Mart, Sears, Home Depot, Kohl's, KMart, etc. in conjuction with the North American Sweepstakes Association". The enclosed check was drawn (supposedly) on an account for Williams Hein & Company Inc. through Manufacturers & Traders Trust Co. in Buffalo, NY. The letter went on to say my "Tax Payment Officer" was Violet Brandt in Richmond Hills, Ontario, Canada but that I should talk to Desmond S. Philips at a (403) area code to "activate my check and get further instructions". I googled "Customers Compensation Draw" and this complaint board came up...thank goodness for the internet! This appears to be a scam, and I intend to send copies of all documents to the office of the Arizona Attorney Generals office as well as the United States Postal Inspector. Scams are always cruel, but this is a cruel thing to do to people in this financially strapped time. I hope this group gets caught and are sent away to "hang by their thumbs" and think about their lack of morals and integrity.
DQ in AZ