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SHOPPERS SWEEPSTAKES / Scam Check asking for Taxes by WU

1 100 Mill Rd.Richmond, Alberta, Canada Review updated:

Like many others I am skeptical when getting unexpected "winnings". The check drawn on a back in the US looks legitimate enough. The letter with it from Mark's Securities has an Ontario areacode, with an alberta address, and a FAX number in Arizona.

" Please do not cash the check until you call" ... "you have 5 days" ... yada yada
I am asked to cash the check and send the taxes by Western Union or moneygram.

Oh yeah the date on the check is 4 days earlier than the alledged drawing.

So much for all the red flags. Anyone else get a letter like this?

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  23rd of Jun, 2009
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SHOPPERS SWEEPSTAKES - PHONEY SHOPPERS SWEEPSTAKES
CAPITAL ONE SECURITIES INC.
8042 WICLIF COURT
Jacksonville
Florida
United States

RECEIVED CHECK FOR $4, 993.00 FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF THIS CHECK IS FOR PAYMENT OF GOV TAXES ON THE BIG WINNINGS OF $250, 000.00 SUPPOSE TO SEND PERSONAL FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $2, 995.00 BY MONEYGRAM OR WESTERN UNION AND ONCE THIS IS PAID THEY WILL SEND THE BALANCE OF $245, 007.00 US DOLLARS VIA FEDEX.
tHIS IS A REPLAY OF SCAMS THAT HAVE BEEN CIRCULATING FOR YEARS, DON'T FALL FOR IT. THE CHECK LOOKS LIGIT BUT DO'T DO ANYTHING WITH IT EXCEPT MAYBE SHRED IT.
CHECK WAS SIGNED WITH THE NAME SHILA HARRIS AND THE LETTER WA SIGNED BY GLORIA KENNEDY.

Ru
  3rd of Jul, 2009
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We just today received a check for $1, 960 to pay taxes on winnings of $50, 000. And we have not been able to contact the "agent" to activate the check and receive the balance of $ due. Several signatues/names on letter, address is North Carolina but phone number is Canada??? I believe this is a scam, however I am still in the "wishing" phase as we have not spoken to anyone. We have been going through medical "woes" & this is an evil, evil trick to bring to us right now.

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