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United Trust & Finance / USA Mega Millions Lottery Scam

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Received a letter from United Trust & Finance saying that I won a USA Mega Millions lottery for $250, 000. Was sent a check from Ritz company LTD P.o. Box 37 Dinuba, Ca 93618, & Harris Bank Roselle 110 E. Irving Park Rd Roselle, Il [protected] in the amount of 4, 981.47. The letter states that I have until 3/30/2009 to call Bekky Johnson at [protected] or Maria Costa at [protected] to activate activate my chech and start the claims process.

Exact Letter looks like:

United Trust & Finance
228 Park Avenue South New York, NY 10003

REF: [protected]

We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today January 27, 2009, winners of USA MEGA MILLIONS also known as “THE BIG GAME”, USA’S biggest multi-state lottery. Entry [protected] attached to your name and drew the lucky numbers [protected] and Mega Ball 25, as a result matched 5 (five) numbers for a $250, 000 USD prize (TWO HUNDRED-FIFTY THOUDAND US DOLLARS) Congratulations!!!

Your co-operation is mandatory and meant to satisfy all official laws and protocol as mandated by Federal and State regulations on gambling winnings.
Since this is the final notice all prize money must be claimed no later than March 30, 2009. Any claim not made before this date will be returned to the USA MEGA MILLION JACKPOT. Your Prize has been insured to its total value and will be transferred when Int’l requirements are met. Legal and administrative fees have been calculated in the endorsed check. These fees are mandatory and are meant to satisfy official Laws and Income Tax Protocols as mandated by the U.S Government.

Please call your accounts manager, immediately after receiving this official notification to activate your check and start the claim process:

[protected] BEKKY JOHNSON

[protected] MARIA COSTA

GURANTEED SAFE AND SECURE: UNITED TRUST & FINANCE INC. is supported by the full authority and jurisdiction of the U.S Government. Your funds are being held in an escrow account. All procedures are confidential and are meant to protect our clients. In order to avoid case of fraudulent claims, we insist you keep your account confidential until you are paid in full. UNITED TRUST & FINANCE INC. hold the right to terminate any claim based on breach of this duty of confidentiality. Congratulations once again and thank you being part of our program. The Act prescribes the manner in which people are to be appointed as members Of a Distributing Agency. It requires the Departments of Justice and Commerce, in consultation with the Minister responsible for the particular sector, to appoint people “with the required skills and expertise to distribute the allocated funds fairly and equitably amongst all persons who meet the prescribed requirements”. UNITED TRUST & FINANCE INC. has been appointed as your trustee. Congratulations!

Yours truly,
Mary Downing

Emergency #[protected]


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A  18th of Jul, 2009 by 
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My elderly mother received the same letter, only this one was from Royal Trust Financial and the "check" was for $4950.00. She was getting ready to cash it and luckily showed it to me first. She's been bombarded with "sweepstakes" notifications for months and has foolishly sent money to these people, usually $15.00 to $20.00, in order to "qualify" for a larger prize. Now they are sending her phony checks in the mail. It just never ends!
N  18th of Sep, 2009 by 
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This group is still at it! My letter came today and was dated 9/14/2009. I too have supposedly won $250, 000, was sent an obviously bogus check for $4, 885.00 deducted from my "winnings" and was instructed to use part of this check to pay government taxes on my winnings. The taxes amount to $2, 985.00. The phone number I was given to contact my Claim Agent, Tom David, was 647-835-1470. Would be nice to see some of these scammers fitted for orange jumpsuits!
N  24th of Sep, 2009 by 
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What does usually happens when people cash their checks?
N  24th of Sep, 2009 by 
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I recieved something like that, just wondering what exactly they are doing?
N  18th of Feb, 2010 by 
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They are still at it. I received a the same letter today, but with name changes.
N  16th of May, 2011 by 
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Just received a letter stating I won $150, 000.00 received a check for $2, 990.00 to pay taxes. called the phone # 1-647-783-3454, Zack Lee. He said congratulations, my reply was how did I win! he put me on hold and came back in 3 min, said do you use debit master or visa at Walmart, K-mart, Sears, I replied yes knowing I only pay cash at the stores, he told me to sign my check promptly and too call him once I have done that, so he will then tell me where I should send my taxes & do not loose my letter for the letter contains a bar code, that will get me the rest of my money. The Address on top of the photo copy piece of paper, was:

United Claim Department
600 N. 10th Street
Sacramento, Ca 98514

my question is why if I won money I should be excited and do as I want !!!
as well I have never heard of a lottery taking out your taxes, It has always been the lottery winners responsibilty !!!
N  7th of Jul, 2011 by 
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I recieved a letter from Royal Financial Services saying I had won 125, 000.00 in the International Shoppers Customer Compensation Sweepstakes and Appreciation Lottery Bonanza I called the number and Mark Edwards told me to deposit the check for 2, 990.00 in my account and call him back I took the check to my bank and went inside and talked to the bank manager and he told me it was a scam and he gets these checks on a weekly basis I'm so glad I went inside and talked to the manager what can we do to stop this? Keep in mind if you think it's too good to be true, it is! At least I had the satisfaction of calling him and cussing him out!

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