I, too, received a letter with a check for US$4980 yesterday, but decided to check it out. It comes from FirstFamily Securities Inc, 100 First St, Morrison ONT H4N-3L4, Tel: 1-905-598-0615, but on the check the address is 7 High Street Ste 411, Huntingdon NY 11743. A Lewis McGregor is the contact person, and the Promotion Manager is a Barbara Bryan. My claim no. is WA/SDH-0101, for anyone who wishes to claim “my money”. The check is supposedly backed by HSBC, 268 Canal Street, New York City NY 10013-3516.
The envelope alone reeks of scam: (1) it looks like it could have been bought at Staples or anywhere else, (2) it has no window, (3) my name is written on a label stuck to the envelope, not printed right on it, (4) it has no forwarding address, and (5) no advertising and flashy wording on the front, as most Sweepstakes do on the face of their mail.
The letter itself looks very unprofessional: (1) no official letterhead, just words typed up top, looking like they were centralized using the “tab” bar rather than the “center” alignment, (2) the margins are off all around (too much margin), (3) poor combination of font size and style, not much to look at, (4) addressed to “Sir/Madam” rather than to me directly as customary, and (5) many grammatical errors that would have been obvious to people who do this legitimately and want to present a professional face.
The check looks good at first glance, and could be taken by your bank, but it’s only as good as the funds backing it up, if any. Some people claim to have found errors on it, but I didn’t find any on mine, except that the words on the written amount are separated by dashes, something I have never seen before.
Overall, I have questions: (1) Why claim that they sent me “many unsuccessful attempts” to contact me, when I only received one letter? (2) Why send a check for such a large amount of money with no kind of postal insurance or equivalent? (3) Why do they require your money before their check clears? (4) Why is the tax amount wrong for the kind of money you supposedly won?
Roberto Rodriguez Sr