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North American Sweepstakes Associationreceived a letter and check

I received a letter saying I had won the Customer Compensation Draw and was entitled to a sum of $48, 200 but also a check was enclosed for $3, 200 to help pay for the taxes and insurance on the larger amount. It went on to say that this was "organized for all customer of the major stores in US and Canada e.g. Wal-Mart, Sears, Home Depot, Kohl's, KMart, etc. in conjuction with the North American Sweepstakes Association". The enclosed check was drawn (supposedly) on an account for Williams Hein & Company Inc. through Manufacturers & Traders Trust Co. in Buffalo, NY. The letter went on to say my "Tax Payment Officer" was Violet Brandt in Richmond Hills, Ontario, Canada but that I should talk to Desmond S. Philips at a (403) area code to "activate my check and get further instructions". I googled "Customers Compensation Draw" and this complaint board came up...thank goodness for the internet! This appears to be a scam, and I intend to send copies of all documents to the office of the Arizona Attorney Generals office as well as the United States Postal Inspector. Scams are always cruel, but this is a cruel thing to do to people in this financially strapped time. I hope this group gets caught and are sent away to "hang by their thumbs" and think about their lack of morals and integrity.
DQ in AZ

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  • Ke
    kelell Oct 27, 2016
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    I got a message on Facebook claiming I won a mini cooper & 7, 000 dollars but I need to send $520 dollars to henry facey
    TO Carlile PA I am nervous it's a scam??? Amanda Frances contacted me.

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  • Ja
    Jayme N Aria Kelsh Aug 30, 2016
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    Oh they people I was supposed to contact is a John Paige toll free [protected] and Jeffery Fuchs was the regional chief financial officer

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  • Ja
    Jayme N Aria Kelsh Aug 30, 2016
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    I just received a letter in the mail saying that I won 3712.00 claim # aw414-001/PSS/26 I don't even remember signing up for a draw plus it says that it is American e everything was mailed from Canada I'm Canadian so y would I have to pay the tax further more they spelt debit wrong they spelt it dezbit should have been my first clue

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  • Ka
    kattie88 Apr 16, 2012

    I got a check from Prosperity bank for 3, 500 and a latter that said i won 50, 500 for shopping at walmart, best buy and other places. I called my local bank they said it was a scam then I called the company to give them a piece of mind i just found out i am pregnant with twins and soon will be homeless. This is a very rough joke to play on someone i think these people should be forced to pay us some amount of money. Completely ridiculous.
    Kattie Lynchburg, V.A.

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  • Sa
    saramarie89 Feb 16, 2012

    I got the same check and i live in Ohio. My check was for 3, 850 and i was in a drawing and was chosen out of 50, 000 people and was one of the 10 to win 75, 000 out of 750, 000. I called the national check fraud and they confirmed it was a fraud and they will probably never be caught. The man i talked to was very informative. He went on to tell me the I could be sent to jail for cashing the check. I would advise everyone that receives this letter to call the number on this website for information about check fraud and the people who are involved in this fraud.

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  • Je
    Jessica Holland Feb 14, 2012
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    a verified customer
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    I live in Kansas and received the same letter as all of you did. The letter stated that my name was one that was drawn for a 750, 000.00 lottery. I was to receive 75, 000.00 and they sent me a check for 3850.00 to help pay the taxes of 2700.00 and for me to call Mr. David Seymour to get clarification and instruction on claiming my winnings. Just like the person before me they used my middle name and not my first. I looked up all the companies that are listed in the letter and on the envelope that has Canada Post in the right hand corner. Like they say if it sounds to good to be true then it is.

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  • Ke
    KelKoeller Dec 02, 2011

    My husband got one of these. What did I do? I called and trolled them hard.

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  • Ll
    llsta Oct 25, 2011

    Yes, I got almost the same letter as the one from jarjoh with some minor differneces. I got 88 Ferwood and Mike Bell as the contact. Claim number the same, contact number different. Also claimed to be from Geico General Insurance Company on a Bank of America check. The guy on the phone was creepy and sounded like sadam husain...but the part that made me almost buy at least the $3K part was his insistance for me to wait 24 hours until it cleared into my bank...which it would have temporaryly.
    I took it ot BOA which happens to be my bank and they said if I had tried to cash it, I would automatically have my account closed forever and never would be allowed to use BOA again because I tried to pass a fraudulant check. They took the check and letter, made a copy to give back to me and said they would turn into thier fraud dept. They also said the account was real, but there is no money. If you try to deposit, it will post the next day on your account, but the money is really not there when the check is discovered fraudulent which may take a week. Then the money is pulled back out...of course this is the scam and this is why it works for desperate people.

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  • Sa
    sahelm35 Sep 27, 2011

    My wife received as well, earlier last week for 3988. We called the bank and it was a real bank account and the account was for a online college. The kicker is my wife was anticipating a check for financial aid, also she enters allot of different sweepstakes things from walmart. we took the check to a check cashing and they cashed it. we get a call a week later telling us this is a scam, and we need to pay this money back to the check cashing place. of coarse we have to pay this back, but now the guy is telling us he will go to the authorities. I don't know what to do, because we did not make this check or do anything illegal. Please help us

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  • Ja
    JarJoh Aug 30, 2011

    Below is a the letter my wife and I received verbatim so there is no doubt if you received the same scam. By the way, if you search the address you will turn up a home for sale, built in 1928. However, the scamers left out the 'n' in Fernwood. The scammers also spelled Walgreens incorrectly, leaving out the 's'.

    Tel: [protected])

    CLAIM NUMBER: ADS-563-4867-NMM

    We are pleased to inform you that you are one of the lucky winers in the second
    COMPENSATION DRAW organized for all customers of Wal-Mart, Sears, Home
    Depot, Walgreen, Target, Macys ETC. held on June 21, 2011. Entry MP-249-Y64 was
    attached to you name and matched the first five lucky numbers: [protected] hence
    making you a winner! You have therefore been approved for a lump sum of $71, 000.00
    (SEVENTY ONE THOUSAND) payable to you by Certified Check, and will be delivered
    to you by our Special Courier Company

    The office hours are, Monday - Saturday...9am to 5pm (Eastern Standard Time)

    Attached is a check of US $3, 987.00. Available for you to pay the Non-Resident Govt.
    Service Tax (GST) and Insurance. Contact your file maker agent for more details
    The total amount is $2, 999.80 to be paid through WESTERN UNION OR

    ATTN, You've probably daydreamed about opening your front door to find the prize
    patrol waiting outside, ready to hand you the giant check that will change your life
    forever. Please, do not act on this letter until you speak with your claim agent for further
    instructions on how to claim your winnings within 7 business days.

    Carly A. Madison
    Vice-President, Global Operations

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  • Cu
    Cuddlebug Jul 22, 2011

    I too received this scam letter supposedly from New York, but stamped from Canada on the envelope. No return address of course. It contained a congratulations for winning 95, 000 and a 3, 750 check to pay 2, 700 in taxes with and I needed to make sure to get the proper address to send the tax payment to the correct place. I have some understanding of these scams, not alot, but enough to know to check them out. This was especially hateful since I just lost my husband to cancer, and was diagnosed at the same time myself with Lupus. The debt I swim in is a daily battle and this was like a cruel joke. I will add my voice to many others in reporting this. Lord help those who don't know enough to check these scams out and fall victim to them.

    This was from Customer's Evaluation Lottery Draw supposedly out of New York in conjunction with North American Sweepstakes Association

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  • Be
    BethyBoo Jul 14, 2011

    I also just received the exact same letter that was mentioned above. I was very skeptical. Googled the company but could find no information. I called one of the numbers listed [protected] and it only had a generic recording with the phone number itself. I then called the number listed under my assigned file agent [protected] Mary Moore or Walter Don and asked for Mary Moore. There was a man on the phone with a British accent who said Mary was not in but he could help me. I asked about the website and he stated it is currently down but would be up and running next week. I then asked him about the letter and he stated that I had won the $63000 and all I had to do was cash the check and call back tomorrow and I would get further information. I asked why I couldn't have the information now and he said to call back tomorrow after the check was cashed. I am very bummed as I was excited as the check looks very legit and real. According to the associated phone numbers these people are continuing to do this to people year after year. They are asking people to wire money to them and then the check is not real and the banks take the money back. Very very terrible! Glad I did my research before acting on impulse! This was from CBD Global Services, INC 66 Ferwood Ter Garden City, NY 11530. Do not respond!! Only report.

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  • Li
    Livid in NC Jul 12, 2011

    Just opened an envelope from Canada with a letter & VERY REAL looking check for $3988 for being a "lucky winner" of the UK & North American Consumer Promotional and a compensation draw organized for all customers of Wal-Mart, Sears, Home Depot, Walgreens, Target, Macys Etc. held on NOVERMBER 21, 2011 (actually misspelled in the letter). It listed an entry number, pin number... It stated that I have been approved for a lump sum of $63, 000.00 payable to you by Certified check, and will be delivered by our Special Courier Company
    Contact your file Agent : Mr Walter Don [protected])
    The check was to help pay $2955.99 for the Non-Resident Govt.Service Tax (GST) and Insurance, Through WESTERN UNION OR MONEYGRAM. It also indicated that I wasn't to act on the letter until I spoke w/ my claim agent for further instructions on how to claim the winnings within 10 business days.
    The details of the agency:
    Tel: [protected]) or [protected])
    I too will send this to the NC Attorney General!
    Disgusted in NC

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  • Ch
    Cheryl in San Diego Aug 26, 2010

    I just received the "check" and notice that I am a winner from North American Sweepstakes Association. I tried looking for their company and found all of the horror stories. I'm going to turn them in to the FBI, FTC, and see if the news will report the story. They need to be exposed, caught and prosecuted. This is a terribly mean thing to do when so many people are struggling with their finances during these days. We all need to report these slim-balls every time they rear their ugly head.

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