Phoenix Financial / Fraud
They sent me a letter and a check for $4, 589.45. The letter claimed I had won $100.000.oo, and that the check represented the taxes on that money. They further requested that I contact them prior to 12/12/08 in order to claim my prize money. When I called the company they told me to deposit the check in my acct. and then call them back again and they would have a tax representative assigned to me to determine tax liability on my winnings. Once the taxes were paid, then a check in the amt. of $95, 000.00 would be sent to me by Fed Ex.
The problem is, the check is bogus. Once it is deposited in my acct. it becomes my money(technically) then the supposed tax representative withdraws that money from my acct. Unfortunately, then the bank finds out that the check is bogus and now I'm liable to the bank for $4, 589.45.
This is insidious theft by deception and if you recieve one of these letters, please report it here. Because of this website I was not scammed by this company. Thank you to all who have reported this incident in the past.