Customer Compensation Draw — Award Claim
I received a letter with an attached check today, claiming that I was one of 20 declared winners in conjunction with the North American Sweepstakes Association. Total prize money of $1.11 million, to be divided evenly among the 20 winners. The check was for $3, 755.00 and looked authentic. It was supposed to be money I could deposit and then send them a check for taxes on the total prize money. I called U.S bank in Bellevue, Wa. to verify the rounting numbers and authenticity of the check. Not to my surprise, it was a scam. I was instructed in writing by the claims department to call them before cashing the check. However, I took the most appropriate measures and called the finance institution first. After informing the claims department that I had called to verify, they simply hung up the phone, not before getting upset with me, of coarse.