USA Mega International Sweepstakes / bad checks and scams

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Phone: Oscar Lewis- 778-717-317-7370

Received a check for $4, 800.00 along with a notice I had won $450, 000.00. When I contacted oscar lewis to verify the check and notice and inquire about the location of his business, he was very unprofessional and refused to confirm the check was valid or discuss the offer I received. This is completely bogus. Try contacting "oscar" and see what happens.

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  • Sa
      11th of Jan, 2010

    2 checks for $4800.00 each. said I won a total of $450, 000.00, and to contact claims agent: oscar [protected]@1778-321-0591
    The promotion manager is carolyn myers. can't email this oscar lewis.

    Bogus. it's a scam.

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  • Ma
      13th of Feb, 2010

    I recieved the same letter with the same stupid check with my nick name on it they got from online somewhere. how dumb can you be. these people are to be ashame of themselves. they will go to hell in a basket with gasoline drawers.

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  • Ar
      5th of Mar, 2010

    I got the same letter and I contacted oscar lewis! right off the bat I asked him if this was a scam and he became offended by my question, he told me to explain what scam means and I said it is when you get personal information from people and deplete them of their savings and steal their identities! without even asking what the claim number was or my name he told me in a not so professional manner to cancel the claim and hung up! that is when I looked up usa mega international sweepstakes and found that they are a scam!

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  • Da
      23rd of Mar, 2010

    I totally agree to this comment.. I just recently got a check saying I won 450, 000 and it came with a 4, 800 check too.. it was saying in the letter that I need to call oscar lewis cause he was my service agent for activation of the check, so I called him, he said ok, go cash the check and call me back to arrange the rest of the balance left. now the check is being deposited into my account and wont be available til 3 days.. when I get this money, cash it and close my account and will be calling him to flip his # off.. lol.. he's a dumb #.. hope something really bad will happen to him and his crew so that they would stop scamming the people here in the states..

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  • Ge
      23rd of Mar, 2010

    where do i contact them and can it be done through online

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  • Ge
      23rd of Mar, 2010

    how do i contact them as i send them the money order from australia for an entry on monday

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  • In
      24th of Mar, 2010

    my best advise for u is to don't do anything to affiliate with them on any matter..cause from what I've experienced on too many scams is that they always ask to send a certain amount for the tax when really its not they're just scammed they be living in different places and totally be using a different information like Oscar Williams address on the notice sent with the 4, 800 check..i locate it on the satellite and it was no where to be found.. it gave me options of streets names nearby but its just a complete address to a dessert in a different, dont push it.. and if u happen to cash the money, don't send it but, call and threaten him..

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  • In
      24th of Mar, 2010

    no.. they dont give out any other contact in formations to nobody but just a number, or a yahoo-hotmail im sorry but seriously how much money did u send with the money order..u still have time, just try taking your money order receipt and try to take the money out again, so that in that way, when he gets it, he cant cash it cause there's nothing u canceled it..

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  • Lo
      16th of May, 2010

    I just recieved a check for $4, 700 fro, usa mega (under the international sweepstake) a letter sent said I am the 2nd prize winner, won $250, 000.00. my $4, 700 check will help pay for taxes and payable to the tax agent. say's I need to call linda james a claims agent at citizens trust financial services in canada. well I get no answer (today sunday) but still the banks phone recorder does not answer. I believe it's not a bank. I believe this check does not cash.

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  • Cl
      2nd of Jun, 2010

    I received a letter and a check, for$4, 700.00 from citizens trust financial services, assigned by international sweepstake organization. they claim that I won $250, 000.00 and that the check is provided to help pay for taxes ($3, 450.00). I am advised to contact my claims agent, linda james to start the claim processing and activate my check. the check for 44, 700.00 is drawn on wells fargo bank california, from clas information services, sacramento, ca.. the envelope is post marked I am afraid to do anything with this check, although everything looks legitimate. please advise

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  • Ad
      11th of Jun, 2010

    I recieved a letter and a check in the amount of $4, 700 from the USA Mega Sweepstakes and was told to contact my claim agent Linda James. They said I had won $250, 000 and that the check was to help pay for the tax amount of $3, 450.00. The check looked real to me and was made out to me so I deposited it into my bank account like Linda told me too. Well I then contacted my bank to check my account and it was overdrawn and had a hold on it. They told me the check was no good and had been returned. They closed my account down to keep me safe so I wouldn't lose any money. I called Linda James back to verify what had happened and she flat hung up on me as soon as I mentioned my bank situation. This is a SCAM do not trust them if you recieve a letter or check get rid of it or you will end up like me. They get your hopes up and then its a really big let down.

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  • Cl
      14th of Jun, 2010

    If you receive a check from CLAS Information Services, it is a fraudulent check. I work for CLAS and we had our checks stolen and copied. The account has since been closed. Therefore if you cash a check from that has our name on it during this scam the check will bounce and you will have to pay back all of the money you receive. Do not cash this check, please properly dispose of it.

    Thank you

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  • An
      24th of Jul, 2010

    Thanks everyone for the valuble imput concerning the USA Mega international Sweepstakes I too have received a check for $4, 800.00 supposedly to defray tax expense due to my recent winnings of $485, 000.00 in this sweepstakes . I immediately google and got responses that satisfy my curiousity about the legitimacy concerning this too good to be true dream. Thanks everyone I won't was any of my time on this jazz. Thanks again.


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  • Dr
      19th of Aug, 2010

    My mom just got the same letter and the check for $4, 800, the check looks very real. How can some one win something if it was not in the game? And why would the lottery company hired someone else to pay the money. The letter looks so unprofessional and that was the first thing it make me think it was a scam. I then search and found all these complains.

    Thanks for all the people who share the experience, it really helps other people to act the right way and it prevent us from been part of a scam.

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  • Ks
      3rd of Sep, 2010

    I too just received a check of $4800 to cover taxes and a letter claiming I had just won 2nd prize of $450, 000. I called the number, a canadian number, and was told to deposit the check and call back and would then be told a date as to when the prize money would be delivered. I decided to do an internet search before I waste my time. I am glad I did. I would advise others however before you actually deposit a check. Have your bank check on it's validity first!!!

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  • Ko
      23rd of Sep, 2010

    @ danial Mine said Oscar willis Instead of Oscar lewis

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  • Oe
      30th of Oct, 2010

    Same as above as all comments above and I will take it directly to the post office Monday and report a scam to them.

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  • Rf
      9th of Nov, 2010

    My mother just received the same check and letter. Thankfully she called me to see what I thought about it. Apparently Linda James is now working with Jim Martins. I took down all the information and will be contacting this Jim Martins but not for the reason he may think. My mother, who is struggling financially, hates to ask her children for any assistance and this had brought her hopes up. Now I have to be the one to dash them. Thank you all for posting your stories.

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  • No
      19th of Jan, 2011

    I want to thank everyone for posting this scam. I just received this AMAZING check for 4, 800. dollars. What a blessing it would be if it were true. I just want to say thanks for all your posts. Not having to waste my time calling this jerk makes me feel better. O and on my letter is was Oscar Will working with Becky Jones. What an original name. Thanks all.

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  • Rf
      19th of Jan, 2011

    Ok folks, here they come again! This time my mother received a phone call. Once again she called me and gave me the number. First of all my mom could not understand what the man was saying - something about an outstanding check that had been sent to her. Of course she immediately thought of the $4, 800 check. Well, I called the number and spoke with a Jim Martins pretending to be my mother. Jim Martins informed me that I was the winner of 1.2 million dollars through a contest in Vegas, and that all I had to do was to send him $325 via Western Union. Once they receive the money, my check would be sent to me via Fed Ex. I was instructed to take the check, with the name and number of Jim Martins, to my bank's MANAGER - not a Teller. I was also instructed by Jim Martins, (who thinks I am an 80 year old widow who lives alone, is hard of hearing and who is also still working) not to say a word to anyone about this to anyone - "to keep my business to myself - because if some people found out about all this money, I could be kidnapped and held for ransom!!" Oh my goodness gracious me!!! That was the first phone call. Martins called me again yesterday asking if I had gone to the bank yet to get the $325. I put him off by telling him we had an ice stormm and that there was no way for me to get out of the house. So it looks like I need to make another call to the Attorney General's office. I will keep you updated.

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  • Gr
      1st of Feb, 2011

    This [censor] jimmy martins is at it again. I keep leading him along to see what happens next.

    Jimmy martins
    to me

    Show details 12/7/10

    Dear mr. williams,

    It is nice hearing from you again, since we are going to work together in these philanthropic gesture project, I will like to introduce myself to you so that you can know me better. I am jimmy f. martins esq. I have been the personal attorney to my client, mr. simon hagins for the past five years. I am 45 years old and I leave in london with my family, my wife juliet and my two wonderful daughters both are about to graduate from the university.

    My client is a very sick man and might die any moment because of his terminal diseases, he is a widower and has no children. he has been a loner in the later part of his life and dedicated most of his life into his estate business. he has been very ill for about two years and if not for his money he would have been dead by now. for now, the doctors advice is for him to remain in the hospital until miracle happens.

    His conscience is [censored]ing him for not been generous with his wealth while he had the chance. before he got into the hospital, he called a member of his family, his elder brother to be precise to help him donate some money to charity organizations, his brother put the money into his personal use and lied to him that he has donated the fund... my client told me to investigate because he was suspicious of his brother. my investigation turn out that his brother lied. he took the case to other members of his family from his sick bed, they pretended they were against what his brother did and advice him to let them do the charity work for him and they conspired and abscond with his funds too. they have cleared his account and they have left him to die.

    My client being smarter than them do not let them know that his main fund is already starched some were in a save house in the bahamas. his plan was that, in a later part of his life, he will leave and invest in the bahamas. he believe since he cannot achieve this aim, he will prefer to put the fund into philanthropic work in any part of the world. he believe that, with his money doing the good work, his soul will have peace were ever he will be going after life.

    I had a long meeting with my client this morning again telling him to change his mind about using some body he doesn't know. he told me that he has prayed about it and that he knows from the unset that his family will disappoint him, and that is why he did not tell them about the money in the bahamas. he said why should I ask him not to trust people he doesn't know when people that are close and supposed to be dear to him have absconded with his money and left him to die. he want me to help guide you to do this work for him.

    He has $7.3 million us dollars in a finance house in kingston, he was planing on transferring the money to the cayman island his final destination before the illness caught up with him. instead of donating the fund to the needies directly, he will prefer you build your own charity organization which you will be managing by yourself... he want an established charity homes. this way, he will be sure that his dream will be fulfilled..

    He want me to come back to him with the following answers.

    I. what religion are you?

    Ii. have you managed large funds before?

    Iii. are you a family man?

    Iv. what do you do

    V. will you accept to dedicate your time into building charity organizations?

    As soon as I go back to him with the answer to this questions, I will go ahead with the necessary paper works which will be in your name so that you can claim the fund without any hitch. the information you have already sent to me is enough to start up with the paper works. I will also need your phone numbers so that we can communicate at will, my client might also want to have a voice confirmation of who is going to handle his fund.

    He has also directed me to make contact with the finance house in kingston to start making preparation for the fund to change hands. I will be expecting to hear from you.

    Jimmy martins

    Date: mon, 6 dec 2010 16:32:48 -0600
    Subject: re: hello again
    From: [protected]
    To: [protected]

    On mon, dec 6, 2010 at 4:16 pm, jimmy martins <[protected]> wrote:

    dear mr. williams,
    thank you for your response.. I am having a close meeting at the hospital with my client, he is in a critical state and I have to take it easy with him according to the instruction given by the doctors. I want to let him know that you have responded to my proposal so that we can go ahead with all necessary arrangements. as soon as we are done, I will give you more details. please, while you are waiting to get details from me, I like a few information from you. i. e your full names, age, address/ country etc. I wish you a very wonderful day.

    jimmy martins esq.

    date: sat, 4 dec 2010 17:17:37 -0600
    subject: re: hello again
    to: [protected]

    what do I need to do? let me know.

    - william

    on sat, dec 4, 2010 at 4:02 pm, jimmy martins <[protected]> wrote:


    my client, simon hagins, a british national have been diagnosed with esophageal
    cancer. it has defiled all forms of medical treatment, and right now, he has a
    few months to live. he is very rich, but was never generous; he has given most
    of his assets to his immediate family members.

    he has decided to give alms to charity organizations and has strictly directed
    me to search for some body on the internet since he cannot do it on his own due
    to his health. he once asked members of his family to give
    some money to charity organizations, they refused and kept the money.

    he has a huge cash deposit of money with a finance house abroad. he want you to
    help him collect this deposit and dispatch it to charity organizations through
    my guidiance as the attorney. you will take out 20% of these funds for your

    jimmy martins

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  • Di
      5th of Mar, 2011

    Got the same check for 4800.00 .. just seemed to good to be true, kept looking and found this website. I feel pretty stupid that I even called this guy. If anybody ever locates this ::::::: kick his [censor]! Did anybody ever cash the check

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  • Ma
      27th of Mar, 2011

    I agree, I just got the same check on March 26, 2011 telling me I was the 2nd prize winner in a USA Mega international Sweepstakes for 450, 000.00 and they also sent me a check for 4, 800.00 for taxes and to also call this Oscar Will at 778-320-4512. People need to quit messing with peoples minds like this, because people are needing money these days to survive. I told my husband that I thought it was a fraud. That's why I checked it out for myself. I intend to call him tomorrow and curse him out about this. I really hope these people get caught and go to prison for life. That is what they are doing is playing with people lives.

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  • Ml
      10th of Jun, 2011

    We received the same check and letter, although this check is for $4500. and the claims agent's name is Allen Newman @ 778-319-8890. We are supposedly the "2nd prize winner in the second category of the USA Mega draw held on may 27th, 2011". Winnings are $450, 000.00. Figured this was a scam and decided to investigate it online.

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  • Sq
      14th of Jun, 2011

    I totally agree. This is a fraud and the persons responsible should be jailed. The person i was told to contact was Karen Morgan @ 1-777-321-6037. I thought it might be a scam so i looked it up online and sure enough it was. This makes me very sad because my family is about to be homeless and this money would have changed our lives.

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  • De
      18th of Jun, 2011

    I just received the same letter winning 250, 000 in the USA mega with a check enclosed for 4700.00 from Office depot. really seriously. My agent is Karen Morgan also and I am not going to give her the time of day. I am going to turn this over to my local police department for fraud. also my name was spelled wrong and address was incorrect. I new something was up, my incorrect name and address was used approx 5 years ago and my bank accout was ripped off 900.00. to this day i never found out who did this but oviously I am in some datea bank.

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  • Sh
      29th of Jun, 2011

    Friend of mine just received one of these letters in the mail. Thank you everyone for posting your comments out here letting us know that this is a scam.

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  • Ca
      28th of Jul, 2011

    My 84 year old father just received one of these letters and checks instructing to call "Oscar Williams" to activate the check. He knew not to get too excited and asked me to check it out. It broke my heart when he said "This could be the answer to all our money problems." In the back of his mind he was really hopeful. I hope they catch these people before any unsuspecting, desperate souls lose their hard earned money.

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  • Ja
      31st of Oct, 2011

    I am truly grateful for sites like this that allow normal people to post their experiences as victims (or almost) of fraudulent activity. My granny just showed me this same mail that you all are talking about, so I came and did some quick internet research. She said she had it for a few days already, sitting in her prayer Bible and praying about it. She knew something didn't seem right about it.

    'Tis the season for these scams to bombard our mailboxes and e-mails. Beware folks! The pace we in which we move these days has greatly accelerated since years past and improved technology leads to improved criminal behavior and identity theft. Not only do we have to watch our purses and wallets, but we have to watch these congratulatory messages that beg our attention at those moments when we really could use such funds. Don't get caught up or these people (from Nigeria or wherever, with American/English names, with thick accents LOL) will put you in more debt than you are in now! Don't fall for the okey-doke, watch yourselves. Be alert and be realistic.

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  • Mk
      30th of Nov, 2011

    i just got the same letter today, saying that i won $450.000.00 today. i call allen newman, today i got a check for $4, 850.00, telling me to go and make a deposited, at the bank.i did that once before, when i was in texas.and thank god, idid not go through with it. they reported it to the police departmemt.and they also reported it on the news.i was so mad, but it was nothing i could.the bank told me if i had spented that money.they would had to give me a loan, and i would had to pay the bank back.they said the check was so real they got fooled to. but i gave the money back to the bank. and left the other money after i read this i'm not going throught with. m.k. in ok. thanks for all the complaints, .

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  • Mr
      14th of Feb, 2012

    hey all i am another one who recieved a check and letter from this phony scam artist and i haft to be real it got me at first .i recieve the letter one day and opened it and i was happy for a few days and didnt tell anybody about the i did what the letter said to do and it sounded real good but then im thinking how could i have won the lottery a i neve got a if any one else recieve a letter and check saying your a winner becareful because there are some SCAMS going on thank you all for you comment it allow me to come back to reality a little better HAHA...

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  • Jl
      13th of Oct, 2012

    My mother received her letter in the mail today with a check for $4, 200. saying she was the 2nd prize winner in the second catagory of the USA MEGA under the (International Sweepstakes) draw held on September17th, 2012. Notice how the date was typed? Normally would be typed September 17, 2012. Her claims agent was a Jenny Smith (604)765-4635..number is out of New Westminster, BC and is supposedly with Sun Capital Financial Services, 2150 Lonsdale Street, Los ANgeles, CA 90015 USA. The check was issued by Wells Fargp Bank Oregon, N.A. from the account of Tudor Guild, 15 S. Pioneer Street, Ashland, OR 97520. Knew this was too good to be legit. Will have her destroy the letter and check. Also about a month ago she received a call from a man with a heavy accent from somewhere in Colorado that was asking if she had received a check of some sort. Guess this was all part of the same scam.

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  • Al
      13th of Aug, 2013

    I must say I'm offended. According to MY letter, those cheapskates at USA Mega were only going to give me $250, 000 (plus my check was for less than everyone else's also). Same scenario as all the others. I called a "Lisa Brown" who was identified in my letter as a claim agent with Global Processing Inc. for the details (her phone number had a Brooklyn area code). After she ran her spiel by me I told her I wanted to run this by my lawyer. Lisa wished me a good day and immediately hung up. Imagine that. Yeah, big-time scam. Remember - if something sounds too good to be true...etc, etc.

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  • An
      6th of Sep, 2013

    I have not gotten a check yet but if you block your number before calling any so called agent you find that they are using "Majic Jack" computer phone lines. These people could be next door or as far away as the South Pole! Its a shame though that they get your information from legite sweepstakes like Publishers Clearing House and such.

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  • Go
      12th of Dec, 2013

    My in-laws received one of these letters in November. Enclosed is a check for $4550.00, but, there is a processing fee of $3450.00 And I'm supposed to call Cindy Phillips @ 1-845-706-5324. The check has a company logo of Swinerton inc. in San Francisco( how ironic!) and a bank in Walnut City Ca. not to mention a letterhead of Pacific trust financial in New York city. I really love talking to these types of people and get them excited. Truth is, they should be hung out to dry in the hot sun or the freezing cold. They take advantage of people in dire need and diminished mental capacities usually due to age related dementia. So lets all do our best to put an end to these people.

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  • Ol
      25th of Mar, 2014

    Well, well, well... I read all the complaints posted and I have learned so much. I received my enhancing letter today from USA MEGA Sweepstakes for $225, 500.00 as a 2nd place winner in the second category and a check for $4, 510.00. However, I am not to cash the check until I call my claim agent, Jennie Parker @ 1-646-468-2672 to activate the check and to send them $3, 425.00 for processing fee.
    This check is a legit check written on watermark paper with all the security characteristics required of a legal check. On the check is written AETNA LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, P.O. Box 981106, El Paso, TX 79998 and on the other corner is CITIBANK N.B., One Penns Way, New Castle, DE 19720-2408. The authorized signature is not legible. The letterhead is from SUNTRUST FINANCIAL SERVICES, 5655 Grand Avenue, Astoria, NY 11108. Now after checking out these places and phone #'s, I find the phone # is a cell phone and the sender of the letter is John Stein but his signature is nothing like the printed name. A good letter of intent does not have so many addresses in one letter.
    I want to say to The Complaints Board: Thank you for posting complaints. You saved me a trip to the Attorney General's Office. I feel very sorry for the elderly who may have been scammed by these "snake-in-the-grass' individuals. They should be punished by the highest degree possible.
    I agree with every posted letter of complaint.

    Old but Wiser

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  • Mc
      23rd of Apr, 2014

    Just like "Older But Wiser" and his comment, I'm the POA for my father who's 90 years old so I see all his mail and manage his limited finances. He was SO excited and wanted me to follow up... his hope was to be able to perhaps leave something for his family when he passes, he was sick at the time and since getting this has passed away. Anyway, just like the people above, this is a total scam and I agree with some of the others who have gotten similar letter offers... these guys need to be drawn and quartered like they did in the old days! mcpxd

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  • Lo
      7th of Aug, 2014

    My mother received the identical check as older but wiser... I just went on line to check it out for them and am glad I did. Thanks to the Internet for being able to identify this as a total scam...

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