North American Shoppers Sweepstakes β€” Fraud

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I received a "CLAIM NUMBER" Letter and check for $4, 875.00 US dollars, stating that I had won in the "2nd Category" drawing on May 5, 2008.

The check was a part of bigger prize in the amount of $125, 000.00 US dollars. I simply needed to call the number [protected], and receive instructions as to collect my winnings. The CATCH?????...There always is...I just needed to wire them $2, 975.00 for Governmental Tax fees via Money Gram or Western Union and they would release the remaining funds to me.

Geroge Stanley is the (claim agent) and Mrs. Brenda Hicks is the )Promotional Manager).

I called the Hillsboro Police Department to file a complaint. They advised me that the have received several complaints and are looking into the matter. Please fax any information you have to the Hillsboro Police Department at 217/532-5599. Let's get use of our tax dollars and get the police department on this case to trace back the losers that are scamming us. Call the department if you have any questions 217/532-6129.

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  • Sh
    Shanna Nov 22, 2008
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    SAME SCAM!!!

    I was sent a letter and a check in the mail (sum of $3, 432.45) from Canada (postage marking). The letter read that it was my final winning notification letter from North American Shoppers Electronic Lottery. It said that I won $100, 000.00 from a total prize money of $75, 000, 000.00. The check was to be used to pay the international clearance fees of $3, 300.00 and the sum of my winnings was not $96, 568.00. It told me to contact my claim agent, Mr. Harrison Scott, within 30 days, at [protected] or [protected] between 9am and 8pm. It also came with a processing form with a claim number, winning number (that did not match the one on the previous sheet) On this form it had wire transfer, check, and draft spots as means of payment. This sheet also had the address for Overland Finance. The North American shopper address was no where to be found on any of the sheets, nor was it actually mentioned other than in the first paragraph of the "award" notice. The check was from a bank in Littleton, CO. It was Colorado Business Bank, N.A. )Littleton Co, 80120, Cobiz Financial, [protected]) It had a check number, routing number and an account number. Also, the back was just like a regular check. I did not take it to the bank to have them look at it because I immediately went on the computer to find out if it is a scam. I am taking it down to the police station monday morning to make them aware of this situation. Many more people in my area (Hudson Valley, New York) may be in my situation.

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    Matthew Rodgers Dec 01, 2008
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    I received a check for $4875.00, and a letter stating that i was declared 2nd category winner in the May 5, 2008 drawing. When I called the number of the claim agent i was told to cash the check then call him back for the name and place to send $2975.00 Moneygram or Western Union directly to tax agent. According to a Mr. George Stanley(claim agent) this sweepstake is associated with Sams club"s and Walmart. It did not seem right to me so I checked googles and found other compaints about fraud and fakecheck scams.

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    Debi Dec 01, 2008
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    i just got this same exact letter in the mail today. i was so happy. i thought i really won but thank god i checked on it. i already put the check in to my bank though so the bank will know it's a fake right and i didn't wire them the money yet so i should be all set right?

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  • Ct
    ctimmons Feb 15, 2009

    i recieved a letter containing a check for 4, 977.00 us dollars. The company name on the check is FAST FORWARDIND INC. the letter said I had won a shoppers sweepstakes on dec. 5, 2008 had ticket numbers, etc. This letter is from fast forwarding inc. International claims dept, 300 second street bolton, ontario l4b-1y7 tel# [protected]. I looked up fastforwarding inc. online and theyu are a trucking company, i called them and they said this is a scam. as i figured it was.because it is sunday, i was asked to call back on monday to report this to thier investigating team.

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  • Bo
    Bobbie Jacobs Feb 18, 2009

    I also received a check in the mail for $4, 975.00 and tried to call the telephone # I was given in my letter only to find out that the mailbox was full and could not accept anymore calls. When I read the letter carefully I realized it was a scam, no official would ever ask you to pay taxes by MONEYGRAM or WESTERN Union directly to the TAX AGENT; I took the check to my bank and was told it was a fake. My letter came from Chatham Ontario Canada. Don't be fooled by the check although it really looks like a good check. Don't deposit this check as they will have access to your accounts.
    Westtown, NY

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    edwarddanner Feb 18, 2009

    I recieved a similar letter for 4, 975.00 dollars. They are now using world financial group as a front. The check looks very convincing. But anything that looks to good to be true usally is.In tough times like these don't let scam artist rob you of your hard earned money.
    Liberty MO

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  • Ib
    Ibeth May 07, 2009

    I received a call from american shoppers network [protected] Katherine Henry 304 hALMARK, vALTIMORE, mARILAND 21064, SAYING THAT i WON A 50, 000.00 in lOUSVILLE, KY, but I have to send them 550.00 by western union to that address and call back them when I deposit the money so I can receive 50, 000.00 back...how come, I know it looks like a fraud.

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    JuiceT Jun 09, 2009

    I talked to my bank and there is no way that the scammers can get access to your account...the only thing they are betting on is the fact that you will wire them the $2, 875. I contacted my bank becasue I did deposit it. They advised me to not draw ANYTHING against the $4, 875... let it sit there .. if it doesn't bounce... for a period of at least 90 days. There is a 99% chance it will come back to my bank as non-sufficient funds from the bank the check was drawn on ... BB&T... I did call BB&T to make sure funds were available and they were... I did not send or wire any money to anybody...

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  • Ld
    ldynrd96 Jun 29, 2009

    I just received 2 of a similar call but from [protected]. This time they claim I won over 1 million dollars but would have to meet them near a currency exchange to drive with one of their representatives to pick up my reward.

    Right from the beginning of the phone call it was obvious that it was a scam and I asked not to be called again. Then he continued persisting that he had something important to tell me. I said I am not interested in buying anything or joining any networks. At that time he said that he wasn't selling anything and that he just wanted to let me know that I was a sweepstakes winner. I've never applied anywhere, nor do I believe such things so I right away told him never to call me again. Then he continued on, ignoring me. Finally, when I got angry and asked him for the company name, etc, he said, "Lady, I'm doing my job, and I'm not afraid of you. I will keep calling you as many times as I want."

    This happened about 3 days ago, and today again, they called. This time from an 'Unidentified number" but leaving me a voice mail with the same phone number to call back. Obviously, I am not returning any of their calls.

    Finally, I reported them to the FCC under claim #09-T00393874. If anyone would like to add to this complaint, please reference it in your communication with the FCC.

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  • Na
    naslvictim Jul 16, 2009

    i received the same kind of letter. mine came from canada. adress 20 king st. ottawa, on. canada k6v3p6. there's a cashiers check for the amount of $4700. the letter states that there was a shoppers lottery held on may 20th, 2009 in the 10th category and apparently i am one of the lucky winners who is entitled to the sum of $120000 usm. it also says that please note that all the participants were selected through a random computer ballot draw from over 500000 shoppers names from selected stores in north america like wal-mart, sears, k-mart etc.

    then it tells you to cash the $4700 check and then send the government/bond fees of $2980 via western union or money gram. it gives you claim number, batch no, claim managers name and phone number.
    when i called the number [protected]) it said that massage box is full...call back later. so i tried dialing
    [protected] and this time someone picked up the phone. he congratulated me and told me that i should just go to my acount and deposit the check. but at the same time he told me not to take the letter to the back since they are not supposed to see that letter..(huge red flag!!)...
    i decided to call them again in an hour. when the same guy picked up the phone i told him that i deposited that check. he put me on hold for good 3 minutes immediately after hearing about the deposit. then he got back on and said that well mam...next step would be for you to send this goverment bond fees to this name via western union. so i said ...welll i don't have any money ..can i wait till this 4700 check clears? he said ...oh yeah..not a problem. that is why we gave you that check so you know that we are not scamming...he gave me this address..."colleen stewart...london santon drive, ontario, canada and the zip code." and told me to call him back with the conformation number from western union so that they could send rent of the check ($115300) with in couple days...

    lol...thank goodness..i went online and found out that it is a fraud...and now i am so thank ful that i didn't fall for it. he did manage to get my phone numbers during all this...

    beware...it is a scam...and take that check and letter ...go to your nearest police station ...file a claim..that way they can put a stop to it...

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  • Fi
    firefly99 Jul 23, 2009

    i received a similair letter and check today and have not had a chance to call the number yet? The letter is postmarked from cananda but there is no return address? The letter states that I was one of the winners of the sweepstakes draw organized for all taxpayers and customers of particpating retail stores like wal-mart, Sears Etc. An entry slip with serial number 287-4501 attached to my nme drew the lucky winning numbers [protected].
    the letter goes on to say I am entitled to the sum of US $120, 000.00 and I am advised to contact my assigned claims agent.
    at [protected]
    Enclosed is a check of US 3, 500.00 which you will use to pay the government service Tax for NON candian residents, payable to your assigned tax agent by Moneygram or western union as stated below
    Tax Agent: Faith Johnson
    246 river side drive
    ottawa canada
    Tax Amount: $2, 500.00
    And the it states DO not act on the letter untill you speak with your claims agent, who will advise you on how to claim your winnings.

    The check looks to be a real check, It is made out to me and my address fro 3, 500.00 funds from a fleet bank with an address of Fleet Maine, N.A south portland, ME?
    The check is from Aeropostale
    201 willowbrook blvd 7th
    floor wayne,
    New Jersey, NE 07470
    The address do not match up at all?
    At the top of the letter it has AT&T Financial services
    From the consumer protection dept?
    I dont understand how they can do this? what are they trying to get out of this deal? I think I will call them to see what the catch is and waht they want?

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    HUGGYBOY Aug 03, 2009

    Has anyone recieved a check from AMERICAN FINANCIAL AND TAX, PROMOTION MANAGER. Lloyd Formerly, CALL [protected] HE'S WAITING ON YOUR CALL. WITH 50.000.00US DOLLARS FOR YOU.

    OFFICERS OF THE LAW HERE'S YOUR MAN GO GET HIM...

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  • Br
    BRDi Aug 04, 2009

    I got the same exact letter I did call the number and they want you to cash the check or deposit it so they know its you...the person on my letter is Elizabeth N. Francis. Then when you pay the taxes on your winnings they will send you a certified check of your supposed winnings by federal express..on mine they gave me some of my supposed winnings upfront of 800 dollars plus the 2000 to pay the taxes~not sure what they want and not sure how they get away with this if it is a scam...Im glad I looked it up...

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    a wise American Aug 24, 2009

    I received a letter from AT&T Financial Services in an unmarked envelope with just my name and address on it. I was suspicious from start and I opened the letter. I was notified that I had participated in a sweepstake that I have no memory of participating in and won some money and had a cashier check in the amount of $2, 800.00.

    I have added my comments in paratheses. It's not actually a part of the letter that I got.

    When I first started reading it and saw that the word "CONGRATULATION:" was misspelled as it should spell "CONGRATULATIONS" I knew it was a scam.

    Here's the letter as received -

    Claim number AS-04-2709
    CONGRATULATION:
    We are pleased to inform you that you are one of the winners of the SWEEPSTAKES DRAW, organized for all taxpayers and customers of the participating retail stores; Wal-Mart, Sears, Home Depot, Safeway, Costco, most auto-dealerships and Net-Work Services etc in both the United States and Canada for the promotion of families and customers wellbeing.

    An entry slip with serial number 287-4501 attached to your name drew the lucky winning numbers [protected]

    (Which is the exact same numbers as that firefly got which is listed up above)

    Therefore you are entitled to the sum of US $75, 000.00 (Seventy Five Thousand Dollars).
    Payable to you by CERTIFIED CHECK, and will be delivered to you by our special courier company. You are advised to contact your assigned claims agent.

    (Fat chance on that one!)

    Collins James: Tel; [protected].

    (Who has a last name for a first name?)

    Monday through Saturday ...7am...To...6pm (Pacific Standard Time), for further instructions on how to claim your big winnings.

    Enclosed is a check of US2, 800.00 which you will use to pay the applicable Government Service Tax for non Canadian residents (GST), payable to your assigned tax agent by MONEYGRAM or WESTERN-UNION as stated below.

    (I know where I'm taking the check to - Chase bank or the police station and have their fraud people take care of it.)

    TAX AGENT: TRACY SPENCER
    246 RIVER SIDE DRIVE
    OTTAWA, CANADA
    TAX AMOUNT: US $2, 000.00 (Two thousand dollars)

    PAYMENT METHOD: MoneyGram or WesternUnion
    DO NOT ACT ON THIS LETTER UNTIL YOU SPEAK WITH YOUR CLAIMS AGENT
    Collins James who will advise you on how to claim your winnings.

    (Yeah, right! I called that number and I was told that James Collins went to the bathroom and I did a reverse phone number check and it shows that it's a cell phone with Fido Solutions for the provider and located in Edmonton, Alberta - Canada)

    James R. Falk
    Elizabeth N Francis (Promotions Manager)
    APPROVED FINAL NOTICE

    On the check - it looks frightenly realistic - the payee reads as
    at&t
    1443
    New York, NY 10462

    (Doesnt these idiots from Canada realize that New York is one of our largest cities in the nation and the street address reads as 1443? Oh please!)

    JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A
    New York, NY

    62-26/0311

    Date
    08/17/2009

    [protected]

    PAY

    TWO THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND 00/100*******************

    $********2, 800.00***

    To the order of

    (my name)
    (address)

    Signed by

    W. Jefferson

    -----------------------------------------

    The only regret I have is that I wont be able to be there in person to see these people's faces when they have been had by us wise Americans. NICE TRY, BUDDY!

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    S3xyChocolate03 Aug 31, 2009

    Wow!!! I just received the same exact letter today and the same exact information in it as well. Obviously these people aren't as smart as they think they are. My memory sucks but I think I would remember entering myself in some type of sweepstakes especially if it is not in my own country. The biggest red flag for me though was no return address being on the envelope and the "Congradulation", (LOL) which they meant to say "congradulations". But people please be careful and aware of these scams and others that are out there.

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    S3xyChocolate03 Aug 31, 2009

    LOL I meant "congratulations"!!! Thats funny!!!

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    Carlos 76 Sep 26, 2009

    FYI - Once the check is deposited and clears, you will be instructed to money gram/western union the funds out. But the check will be returned as a bad check (forgery, closed account, do not exist). Then you bank will debit your account for the funds. You will be responsible to repay your bank. There is no way of retracting the funds once it has been sent. You will be liable to pay back. If not your bank account will be charged off, then it will hit your credit report, then most likely a jugdement made against you in court. Please remember if its too good to be true, it probably isn't true.

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    wdavec2 Dec 07, 2009

    I just received multiple calls from [protected], by a man who sounded like he had a foriegn accent and spoke very poor english. He said he would deliver $800, 000 in cash and a white Mercedes, if I sent $100 by Western Union to a Mr. William Lindsey at Pearlsburg VA. According to the caller, all I had to do was to present the Western Union receipt and they would deliver my prize. When I refused, the caller became very irate and asked me why I wouldn't accept his offer. I explained that the offer had all of the characteristics of a fraudulent scam. Furthermore, when I conctacted Western Union and provided them with the details of the offer, they agreed with my conclusion and stated that they would not allow me to send money to an individual I didn't know.

    This angered the caller, who began to use all sorts of profanity in questioning Western Union's right to refuse to send money. Next, he said I was lying about the Western Union call and said he would award the "prize" money to the second place winner. This individual called me three more times, until that I was not interested in his scam, that I refused to send any money by Western Union and told him to stop calling me.

    He attempted to call me again and I refused to answer his call. At that point, he left me a voice mail that was full of the vilest profanities I have ever heard; threatening to do all sorts of vile things to me and my wife. I have saved the voice mail, which I plan to turn over to the authorities.

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  • De
    debb. Dec 10, 2009

    Just recieved a letter and check in mail from PRESDENT CHOICE FINANCIAL GROUP
    5500 Bay Street Niagara Falls [protected] Claim # GW2426-009B 3rd of DEC.2009
    Final Notice of Winning
    This is to remind you once again that you are one of the winners of the CUSTOMERS COMPENSATION DRAW, Organized for all customers of the major stores in US and Canada e.g. Wal-Mart, Sears, Home Depot, Kohl's, K mart, etc. In conjunction with the North American Sweepstakes Association. We have made unsuccessful attempts to contact you in order to process your winning.
    A ticket with serial No. 674009 posted in your name drew the lucky winning numbers.
    This entitles you to the sum of $250, 000 (Two hundred and fifthy Thousand Dollars). YEA Right!!! Names on letter; Mary Daugherty, Richmond Hills, Ontario, Canada, M4M6G8
    All winnings must be claimed on or before 30th of December 2009, after this date, all unclaimed funds will be returned to the sweepstakes account. Be sure to mention your claim # above in all correspondence. And for Security reasons, do not(underlined) disclose your Claim Number to the public, to avoid double claim.
    You are to contact MICHAEL HOLDING or GRACE MOORE at [protected] as soon as you receive this letter, to activate your check and for further instructions.
    Congratulations! Yours truly, Brenda Fawcett, President
    What a bunch of crap!!! I am reporting this to the Banks, Police, Post Office, TV News
    everyone that I know so they wont fall for this SCAM!!! Tell everyone you know!!!

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    the blacks Dec 29, 2009

    i recieved a letter today 12/29/2009 stating... dear sir or madam following the results of international sweepstakes drawn on nov.15th 2009 in london, uk which was organized gaming corp, slide circuit awards and globe promotions in conjuction with the foundation of software products (f.s.p.)wherein your name was randomly selected by the computer data base of our north american claims department and as such emerged a winner with other 20 declared winners in the 7th category. you are therefore a winner of the sum of 250, 000.00 usd;this was from total prize award money of 87 million usd. has a winning number then states... we are pleased to inform you that your file has been assigned to our north american claims affiliate for the remittance of your funds. enclosed also is the check amount of 3, 978.00 to enable you to pay the applicable bond fees of 2, 990 you will recieve the balance of your winning after the applicable bond fees are paid. please do not attempt to use the check until you call. the fees are payable at any western unoin location through a goverment tax agent. you are advised to contact your claim agent immediatly between 9:00am-8pm and saturdays 10am-6pm et for futher clarification. randy simms.llb (claim agent) direct line [protected] sarah brabshaw (promotions director) the shoppers sweepstakes is accredited by the better business bureau and is sponsored by a consortium of corporations, the intel group, microsoft, walmart, sears, lowes, home depot etc. all participants were selected through a random computer ballot system drawn from chain stores in all of north america. congratulations! iavi incorported 707 bay street, milton ont. l4l1f5 telephone and fax [protected]
    we live in cullman alabama so these letters are everywhere also we had made the phone call to this man to see what he had to say he told us to deposit the check in the bank and to call him back we have no plans of doing it im sure thats what hes waiting for also these checks look extremely real but dont be fooled i wonder if we should take this info to our police department i hope that by me posting this info that i will help someone else to realize this is a scam

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  • Dr
    Dr. John W. Williams Jan 25, 2010

    Who Cashed the check?

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    SCL May 03, 2010
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    They have taken my parents for $190, 000.00 and now 3 months later another $13, 000. The authorities will do nothing I have filed a report with the FBI, Federal Trade Commission, local police, Adult Protective Services and no one can do anything. We changed the phone numbers to all my parents lines and they still got through! It is the biggest nightmare I have ever lived.

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    DoubleEagle May 17, 2010
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    I received a call from American Shoppers Network at 7:54am on Monday May 17, 2010. The call was originated from a phone number [protected]. She was claiming that I won a sweep stake of 3 million dollars. I knew immediately this was a scam. I have never entered any sweepstakes. She insisted people will come over to my house today with two FBI agents. It added more to my suspicion. I asked why FBI is involved on this. Her answer was to verify the Check amount. She eventually hung up on me after more questions.

    The typical of this type of scam is that they will give you a check to deposit. Depending on where the check is issued it will take more than 1-2 weeks to clear. The conduit for this type checks are usually issued from not well known small bank in the less populated states or even in Canada. Verify a small print on the check. In the mean time, they will ask you a processing fee. Or worse yet, once your bank account is known to them, they will withdraw money directly from your account without your knowledge. Don't fall for the SCAM.

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    M.Killen May 20, 2010

    I received a letter today. Now I know is a scam looking at all the other letters. The check is from US Bank. I have heard of someone getting a check that was a scam and I'm glad I looked on this site and found similar letters to let me know this was a scam. What do you do after you receive a letter like this so no other person will be scammed?
    (Top of the letter)
    WINNING NOTIFICATION Audit Control Number: D1A612 CLAIM NO. LLT-7109. NETFIRMS SERVICES INC 5 SOUTHWARK ST, LONDON SE1 9SH.
    TEL. [protected].
    (The Letter starts off)

    April 29, 2010 (which is in different type font then the rest!)
    Dear Winner,
    Following the official results of international sweepstakes drawn on March 24th 2010 in London, UK which was organized by international Gaming Corp, slid-circuit awards and Globe promotions in conjunction with the foundation with the foundation of software products (F.S.P), wherein your name was randomly selected by the computer data base of our North-American claims department and as such emerged a winner with other 20 declared winners in the 7th category. You are therefore a winner of the sum of $250, 000.00 USD; this was from total prize award of money of $87 million USD. WINNING NO. [protected]

    We are pleased to inform you that your file has been assigned to our North American claims affiliate for the remittance of your funds. Enclosed also is the check amount of $3, 895 to enable you pay the applicable bond fees of $2, 990. You will receive the balance of your winning after the applicable bond fees are paid. Please do not attempt to use the check until you call. The fees are payable through a government tax agent. You are advised to contact your claim agent for your tax agent information immediately between 9am-8pm and Saturdays 10am-6pm ET for further clarification.

    HARRY BENT.LLB (Claim agent)
    Direct line: [protected]
    Sarah Bradshaw (promotions director).
    The Shoppers sweepstakes is accredited by the better business bureau and is sponsored by a consortium of corporations, the Intel group, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, Sears, Lowes, home depot etc. All participants were selected through a random computer ballot system drawn from chain stores in all of North America and the UK.
    For other inquiries call 01144-[protected] ext-4
    Congratulations!

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    vg_n_nc Jun 22, 2010
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    Henderson NC here and my husband got the same thing yesterday addressed to him. His check was from the shoppers sweepstakes with an American Financial Group Inc heading. The letter was post marked from Canada. The check was drawn on the Columbian Bank & Trust Co from Topeka KS. Same concept he called the agent and they said to deposit it etc. We didn't because we both figured to good to be true. But the check looks extremely real and even has water markings on it. Our local news had mentioned that if you are ever asked to Western Union or Money Gram anything it is a scam, so we figured as much when we read that they wanted us to wire money for fees! The agent's name was listed in the letter to be Ray Scott, so today after seeing everyone's postings we decided to try something. We called the number for this Ray Scott and the same guy who had answered yesterday answered again today. So then my husband made up a name and said "Can I speak to George Billings?" and the guy said "speaking". So my husband hung up. Thought it was a pretty funny thing to do and it proved to my husband that it was a scam.

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    trame Jul 22, 2010
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    There's a new one!!! KWH PIPE (California) 2003 Corporation, International Claims Department, 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside, CA 92507, Tel:[protected]. The envelope is postmarked with a Canadian stamp, but there is no return address.

    The check is in the amount of $4550.00 and drawn from Wells Fargo Bank in California, but we cannot use it until we call the above number. The proceeds were deducted from our prize money of $125, 000.00 US Dollars. This is to offset the taxed amount of $2995.00 to be paid by a Western Union or Moneygram. The final check will be sent by FedEx. My contact is Nicky Griffin and the Promotion Manager is Michelle Gray.

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    ckjergaard Jul 26, 2010

    I just received the same exact one as trame above. Adressed to my old address in Ohio and forwarded to my address in Florida.

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    TULARE FAM Oct 09, 2010

    Tulare, CA. Just got the same BS in the mail. I am the biggest skeptic in the world - but it truly looks for the world like a real check. I called to verify funds from the "Republic Bank of Chicago" (yes - it is a real bank) - but the automated system said "not valid" or something like that - so I sent an email to the bank. Now that I knowfor sure it is fraud - I will take to the local police station. PEOPLE!!! DO NOT FALL FOR THIS!!

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  • Mo
    MoGrace2u Jan 17, 2011

    This is the first time I have seen this scam - I am surprised it is still going on. It seems to me that if the check is good, the local branch at Citibank will know, and should cash it with proper ID. There would be no no need to hold an out of state check, unless it were not drawn on a national bank. But the fact they want you to deposit the check, yet wire them money right away, proves they want CASH from you and don't trust this check they just sent you!

    I searched for a company called Welder & Industrial Supply, Inc. at the address given on the letter and so far no such company by that name exists at that location. Also they claimed to be accredited with the BBB - so I notified the Canadian branch. I think I will take the check to Citibank tomorrow then call the guy back with whatever news they have to give me.

    If the check can't be cashed - I think I'll offer to send the check back and ask him to wire me the money. If the money is truly mine, why would he object? Let him deduct the fees.

    But actually, I just want to hear him squirm!

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  • Ed
    Edwin H Lugowski Jr Jan 25, 2011

    I received a phone call from Edward Johnson at [protected] with the firm of Richard Harris Law. He said that I had won $170, 000.00 from American Shoppers Network (ASN) and because I didn't answer attempts by ASN to contact me, that ASN had turned it over to them to try and contact me, before they returned the money to the prize pool. Mr. Johnson said that I had to pay a processing fee of $685.25 before they would send me this check. They wanted me to go to a WalMart immediately and purchase a "GreenDot Activation Money Pack Reload" and call him with the number on the "Money Pack." Said that my check would expire by noon tomorrow if I didn't get back to them. I started to question him and he gave me a phone number at Bank of America, [protected], to verify check was valid. When I called the number there was no answer. I also tracked the area code and found that it was from northern Ohio, in checking a list of Ohio Law firms, there was no Richard Harris listed. In fact the number traced back to an island in Lake Erie. Returning from lunch, Mr. Johnson is calling to ask if I've sent the money. I then said that I checked out the Law Firm in Ohio registry and there was none listed under Richard Harris, he ignored my statement and asked if I had called the Bank of America and I said yes, but got no answer. He said to try again, I put him on hold and I called Bank of America. This time the phone was answered with "Bank of America, Processing Center." When I told the woman that there was no such Law firm listed in Ohio, she asked if I had checked it out on my computer. I said yes. She said that it was a valid Law firm, but she would look it up and get back to me, I waited. She eventually came back and said her computer was slow and couldn't get the data as yet and she asked for my phone number and said she would get back to me. It appears that from other comments herein, this was a scam from Canada, not too far from the island in Lake Erie. Bank of Amercica has "slow" computers? Bank of America doesn't have caller ID?

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    peaches123e9k Mar 02, 2012

    Holy Crap I cant believe that this has happened to so many innocent people!!!
    I got a call on 2/27/12 from a man saying his name was James Marley working for Cash Awards/UPS and that I had won $250, 000.00 and a brand new 2012 Chevy 4wheel drive Pickup. He knew all of my info Single mother of a infant, what tribe of native american i am, and that i was a full time student at the college I attend and even what my occupation was and even dated back a sweepstakes I had entered 6-8 months ago for a chevy pickup so naturally I thought this was a legit situation .. But I had to send a money gram of $199.00 to a Richard Dillon in Jacksonville, FL... Very stupidly I did I even sent the reference number I was so excited that $250, 000.00 would be me getting out of the town I was in getting my little girls college fund set up and done with out help from her dad, money to set up for her if anything was to happen to me... My daughters future became brighter in that moment... so I called Mr. Marley back with the reference number... after he got the number he proceeded with "checking files with the IRS, FBI, & CIA" seeing if my money gram for a gold stamp for insurance so it arrives that day safely to me... when he said everything came back on this was fine he said "But ma'am I have to say I'm sorry my boss did say that I made a mistake and you have to have two receipts not one... the second one was of $221.00 I even talked to his Manager Antonio Santiago... and sent me an e-mail of these documents saying it was for all these insurances that it arrives today and that both prizes where certified to me but they have to have my paid insurance on them... Anyways after two hours of waiting for a call back... they asked if I wanted to be on the News and my Local Newspaper... I said no because I live in a shady area and didnt want a lot of strangers showing up to my house... Fifteen mins after they said they got my confidential papers drawn up They said they were gonna meet me at a local grocery store because My POBOX is all they could find and that they were leaving a near by town headed in my direction 45 mins away ( how they knew my Po Box is beyond me) so I went there and waited and two hours later of waiting they still did not show up and the weather was getting bad..( blizzard) I called Mr. Marley and asked when they were going to show up... He said "Ma'am I'm sorry but I forgot my work and Tow Truck ID I have to go back to my headquarters to get it (saying a town in NE which is two hours away) and that since my bank would be close and wouldnt cash the check because they would have to cash on the certified dated delivered that THey would bring it to me first thing in the morning around 8am... needless to say i was upset but still in high hopes.. I talked to the Manager Mr. Antonio Santiago and sent me another E-mail...

    Well sure enough the next day I got a call, from Antonio and James saying that Okay ma'am in one hour I we need another receipt of $300.00 to Richard Dillon our Account for IRS for a up to date Gold stamp of insurance... Reluctantly I paid it and waited for them yet again... But they got all into if it was just my daughter and myself ( I failed to mention to them that i was engaged) and I said "no sir my fiance and i are coming so he can drive the car and i can drive my new truck... (by that time i was mad and said i didnt want them at my home...) They Okay that sounds great and they would be there shortly...Well We decided to run other errands and we were excited head over heels...and they never showed up... I would call and they would forward my call to voicemail or they would pick up and hang up..and finally James said rudely "WE ARE NOT COMING". I was livid because I felt i was being scammed...so i texted him saying that i was going to the police and Attorney general with this if they did not show up... While making the report before being seen by the officer.. I got a call from james marley and he tried to sound calm and i said well im here making a report i want my stuff or my money back... he said "okay i will bring you your prizes tomorrow we could not make it because none of us at UPS know who to drive the tow truck in this weather..." ###!!! I can drive a Tow truck when black ice and snow... anyways i made my report even filed with the PD from the town they were coming from and they gave me the number for attorney generals consumer protection. and that they would look up My report with the keys words Cash Awards and UPS... an hour later the Officer called me from that town and said There was FOUR other reports on James Marley and Cash Awards and there is no company like that working with UPS and also UPS didnt have any of the mens names in there system This in fact was a scam...

    So the next day came around...James Marley called at 7:45 am saying ma'am I will deliver you your prizes but i need another receipt... I said no and chewed him out saying they already got 800.00 from me (costs$13.00tax for every big moneygram) and that he should pay for it because i didnt have the money to send him ( i wasnt going to anyways) but Finally after me yelling at him and telling him off he had the nerve to call me an arrogant prairie ###, finally after both of us yelling at eachother he stopped and totally switched up his game... said he would pay for that next receipt an hour later he called me and said everything was fine me and my daughter can come pick up my prizes but not to bring my fiance... That scared me so of course my fiance came but i said i was alone and... Told James Marley that I was having a police officer come and make sure everything was alright... after driving 45 mins to the town they said they were in they had us meet at the Holiday Inn and said My new Chevy Pickup was on a tow truck behinde a UPS international brown truck... When we got there we circled the lot There was no Pick up there... and the police officer wasnt there...so i called James Marley and said okay im here where is my truck... He got mad and said "YOU LIED TO ME!!! YOU SAID JUST YOU AND YOUR DAUGHTER YOU HAVE A MAN WITH YOU!!!"
    and proceeded to say that they moved their location because I thought I was gonna have them Arrested and or shot... and that I would have to wait another day to get my prizes I said " hell no and that Keep the $250, 000.00 that isnt there anyway I want my money back ( which i knew wasnt gonna happen) I also said dont worry I got police officers, Better Bureau Business after you, and Attorney General consumer protection after you..." and hung up... an hour later he called and said ill get you your money... and talked more ### so on my phone i blocked... Today 3/2/12 I get a text message from my phone bill place saying that i Exceeded $100 in call usage... so I called my phone company explained what had happened so togather they had a conference with both the police depts. and attorney generals office confirming that i did file complaints and they wiped my bill clean so ... EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT SENDING THEM MONEY FOR ANSWERING THEIR CALLS YOUR ARE STILL HANDING THEM THAT MONEY!!!

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    justtryingtohelp22 Apr 16, 2012

    letter dated 5 April 2012
    same as everyone else ... do not send money ... don't take the check to the bank ... call the police.

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    justtryingtohelp22 Apr 16, 2012

    same as everybody else

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    Mickee4269 May 12, 2012

    I too was given a notice that I won. This however, was done through the mail. I got a check that looked real. Amazingly real. But seeing as I never entered the UK/North American Shoppers Sweepstakes, I figured it was a fake.

    I was told:

    1. I had won $230, 000
    2. I won by shopping in Kmart, wal mart, costco, sears, lowes etc...
    3. The check they sent me was to cover Uk Taxes (sounds like BS ot me)
    4. I was not supposed to try cashing the check until I called their "claim Agent"

    I called them, what the hell I was up for some laughs

    And after being told to cash the check, take $1850.00 and send western union to them, i would receive the remainder of my winnings.
    So of course i was nice and polite. I told him I would do this straight away.
    NOT!!!

    Instead I sent this email:

    Congratulations!!!

    You have drawn the attention of the State Attorney General with your Camelot Group Scam

    All that is needed is for you to turn your sorry, scamming butt into any Attorney Generals Office in any state.
    With any luck, you will be placed in administrative hold with rapists and murderers.

    You can claim your prize easily with a simple rope if desired.
    Go blow goats you sack of garbage, and don’t bother good people with your scams

    With the sincerest disdain and ill wishes,

    Someone intelligent enough to find you in a dark alley

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    E. Kithcart Jan 30, 2015

    Just received the same check and letter but different amounts with different bank...people should be ashamed of themselves.
    Really desperate people who are like losing there homes to foreclosure for example would cash these and be so responsible for it!

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    howard blunt Feb 25, 2016
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    Hello, i received a letter which states that i was a winner from the NORTH AMERICAN SHOPPERS SWEEPSTAKES OF US$256, 000.00 which was held November 30th of 2015, signed by a Micheal Gray claim agent Mr. Nike Walker, if this is scam then notify me asap. and how do you report these people to the authority

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