United Trust & Finance / USA Mega Millions Lottery Scam
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
THE FINANCE DIRECTOR
UNITED TRUST & FINANCE
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 4550-20-01 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:
CUSTOMER SERVICE/ACCOUNTS OFFICE
[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!
VP- CLAIMS & PAYMENTS