Standard TrustScam Checks


I recieved a notice and check valued at 4920.00 which claims to cover taxes for a computor lottery drawing valued at $85, 000. This seems to good to be true. My daughter checked the internet and google maps and found numerous complaints. We believe this is a scam. Should any legal authorities be contacted?


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    Gayland Crutchfield Oct 15, 2008

    Would like to see Standard Trust's answer to this as my mother in Georgia received similar scam.
    I am wanting to report to anyone who will listen but email addresses to banks, attorney general are impossible to find. I want to send scan of letter and check...not fill out some form. As a consumer we ar trying to help. gc

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    Bonie Oct 24, 2008

    We also received a letter and a check from Standand Trust telling us we won a lotto contest, and a check for $4, 920.the letter has so many mispelling u thought a 3rd grader wrote it anyways we didn't believe it nice try whoever came up with the idea next time make look more believeable!!! unfortunately there is no way for the goverment to monitor these activities...

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    Wendy Oct 29, 2008

    A friend of mine received the same letter from Standord Trust. He supposedly won $85, 000 and the letter had a check for $4, 920 to help pay the taxes on his winnings. I don't know how how your bank works but our local bank will take the papers and forward them to a detective to check into things like this.

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    Michele Nov 04, 2008

    I received a letter from the office of Standard Trust Financial dated 10-24-08 stating that I had won a contest called LOTTO 649 CONTEST that had been held on 8-27-08. Enclosed was a check for $4920.00 that I was to take to a Money Gram located at any Walmart store. I contacted the person whose name was on the letter and after a couple of questions, I was hung up on. I did contact my bank and took the check to them and was informed that it is a scam. Hopefully other people will see this note and not fall for their scam.

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    veronica Dec 02, 2008

    I received a letter and check from Standard Trust dated 11-24-2008 for $4920 from some lotto ticket that i never had, supposedly i won $250, 000.00 $3450 of that they wanted me to send to the gov. for taxes on the winnings, after talking to a friend of mine, he told me that it is scam that once you put the money into your acct. they have access to take money out of your acct. then i googled this company and sure enough it is a scam and what a time to try it during the holidays when people are hard up for money, not to mention the economy doing bad. I hope these people get caught and locked under the jail!!!

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    Shirley Dec 15, 2008

    I also received a letter and check in the mail today. The check is for $3900.00 and the taxes on my winnings is $2985.00. I'm to contact Ron Clark 1-647-818-5765. The lottery winnings $250 thousand.
    This check looks so real . My daughter checked on the internet for me and found out about the scam.
    The V.P.F. is now named Donna Robert same Standard Trust.
    You would think with all the modern technology and information that these people could be stopped. I feel really bad for the people that don't have the internet to check this ### out.
    I was going to take this letter to the police station and turn it in but after I have read the comments here I guess I would be wasting my time.

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    morcar518 Jan 02, 2009

    My sister-in-law received the same check. She did outsmart the scammers though. She opened a new account with a smaller bank here in California. Deposited the scam check of $4, 875, two days later, she closed the account and took out the money and deposited the entire amount (along with her $25 from the initial account activation) and is now $4900 richer. And what did she do with the money? Well, she donated half to the American Red Cross, and the other half to the American Cancer Society. Pretty neat, huh?

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    saddee Jan 23, 2009

    Are you sure morcar518 is not part of the scam?

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    USGA LEGAL DEPT Jan 29, 2009

    ALERT: There is no legitimate reason why anyone would provide you with a check or money order and ask you to wire money anywhere in return. If you have received a USGA check for any amount of money as a winner in a lottery drawing or for any other reason and have been asked to wire money back — it is a scam. Do not cash the check. If you cash this check you will be responsible to the bank for these funds.

    Contact the USGA Legal Department at (908) 234-2300 or Michael Swangler of U.S. Secret Service (USSS) at [email protected] for further information.

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    WILLIAM POTTS Feb 09, 2009


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    Kerry Mar 05, 2009

    I received a check today for $4920 from a supposed sweepstakes winning of $250, 000. Since I do sometimes enter sweepstakes I was pretty thrilled. The checks do look very real! I did look up the bank on the internet and the company they used (or the supposed company!) Sad thing is it's a small women's apparel store in Maryland. The dress shop is real, the bank is real. I emailed the bank to let them know, gave them all the information etc. Someone has to stop these kinds of things! All the information can be looked up on the internet. The bank even posts their routing number! I think I will contact this Michael Swangler (above email) Someone has to be able to find these people. They name well known US stores so it makes you think, hey this just might be possible. Like my mom always said, you don't get something for nothing. Beware people. Spread the word!

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    mdavid Mar 20, 2009

    I got the same check... for $4920.00. The check does look very real- from Equity National Bank, along with a letter from Standard Trust out of Nova Scotia. It says I won $250, 000.00, blah, blah, blah, and that I need to send $3, 980 through Western Union...
    This is horrible, especially with so many people in desperate financial situations right now. If there is anything I need to do to report this, let me know. It looks like people are catching on, but I'm sure there are many people that are still being scammed. Spread the word, I know I will.

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    DallasTX Mar 24, 2009

    Recv'd this scam today, being fully aware of it and its type before hand. Plain white envelope- stamped, not metered, out of Canada. Contacted my bank to find out if they were actively pursuing this or who was and was told to file a report on WWW.FAKECHECKS.ORG, and that the authorities are looking into this.
    The "issuing" bank in this instance was USBANK out of Saint Paul, MN.

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    Jchoyce Mar 29, 2009

    Recieved a check for 3920.00 and I decided to check the internet for this company and this is the same information I found on the internet that everyone here is talking about.
    Thank you

    Same address
    I checked out Dime Bank and found no such address in PA
    The person name I should be calling was Dom Watson and phone No. 1-647-996-9081
    From the office of
    Beatrice Berry
    Standard Trust
    I will find out who I can send this too maybe Dateline or 60 minuntes who can investagate and uncover who these people are.

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    RVTexans Mar 30, 2009

    I received the same letter today, with the check for $4, 920.00. I googled the bank and it is real...too bad its a scam! Did the lady who opened the new account, deposited the check and then closed it get away with it? Somehow I think she would be resposible to pay the money back. Anyone know the rest of the story?

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    Albuquerque, NM Mar 30, 2009

    I received same letter from Standard Trust (out of Canada) and a check for $3920.00 of which $2985.00 was to be used to taxes. I was to pay through MONEYGRAM at "any" Wal Mart around me. "Winnings" were 250, 000.00. I called my bookeeper and he advised me to search online to see if it was scam. Sure enough it is. These are real Companies. Wayne Services Inc. (which is where the check is from) is a cleaning service in Honesdale, PA . And Dime Bank, its also from the same town!?! Does this company and bank know what is going on? And how about Wal Mart? Do they even know about this scam? Who do we Call to complain? These people need to be STOPPED! I might call the investigative team at our local news station to see what they can do or find out.
    Albuquerque, NM

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    Bette Apr 08, 2009

    I received a check yesterday in a plain unmarked (no return address) yesterday. I, too, had won $250, 000!!! in some sweepstakes. Enclosed was a check from "Wachovia Bank of Delaware"...Wilmington, DE 19803. In the top left hand corner of the check..."New Jersey Institute of Technology", Newark, New Jersey 07102-1982. This check is dated 3-30-2009 for GUESS WHAT?!!!, the same amount!!!$4920.00!!! My tax amount was $3450.00 and also was to be paid thru WESTERN UNION OR MONEY GRAM in any WALMART STORE. This was from the office of Beatrice Berry...Vice President Finance...Standard Trust Financial...I would receive "tax information" from my "assigned" claim agent...JENNIFER MOORE. The phone number given in this letter for Jennifer was 1-905-781-3616. The letter also gives me a Claim Number to always use in any correspondence. I DO plan on calling someone about this to try to have SOMETHING done! (years ago, my son sold something over the internet. Was sent a "bogus" check, deposited it and then went on to follow their plan...sending part of it to someone else for the shipping son's bank actually deposited the check and processed it...but within two weeks notified my son that it was not REAL!! My son was out around $1500.00 that he had sent this J...A.. I felt so sorry for him...young and naive! Basically, a lot of instructions that didn't make sense to my husband or myself, when we read the letter. He never asks us about it prior to actually "following thru"...He's smarter and wiser NOW!) Please contact whoever you can if you receive anything like this! The person that deposited the check and then received cash and closed the me...the bank would come after her!

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    Sandra in AZ Apr 08, 2009

    We received the exact same letter as Bette today (April 8, 2009). I knew better this time around, as we were victims of the Nigerian 419 scam years ago. Older and wiser now. I'd think that one would report this to the Postmaster, since this is mail fraud and they do investigate and prosecute thoroughly. Will do that tomorrow and will keep you all informed and updated.

    Sandra in Arizona

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    msm Apr 09, 2009

    I received the same letter a week ago. Dom Watson was also the "assigned claim agent". I will turn the letter and the check into Wells Fargo. Thank you all for sharing! I was so hoping this was for real, but my healthy skepticism knew better!

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    debralu Apr 11, 2009

    I received a letter from the same company that says that I won $250, 000. Enclosed was a check for $4920.00 to pay toward my taxes of $3450... which of course I'm supposed to send to THEM instead of the Federal government. Well.. I had my laugh for the day.

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    gene Apr 12, 2009

    Just received a check for $4920 and a poorly copied letter from Standard Trust Sun Tower, 1550 Bedford Highway, Suite 410, Nova Scotia, B4A IE6. The letter was addressed from the office of Beatrice Berry (Vice President Finance) Standard Trust Financial, dated 6th April, 2009. My assigned agent is SANDRA PARKER and I'm to contact her or "DOM" on (sic) 1 905 781 3613 and mention my claim #. I went on line and looked up the check addressee - Holland America Line Paymaster Corporation (apparently a legitimate cruise line) and the issuing bank was U.S. Bank, 235 First St. Havre, MT 59501-3503 (apparently a legitimate bank). I went on line to find Standard Trust mentioned above and found all these complaints. I have been receiving more than enough phone calls and emails for overseas fund transfers to realize that I am a target of scammers. This latest attempt is by far the most convincing, although I didn't bite. I will be contacting authorities and letting them know about this. Keep the complaints coming so others won't bite.

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    Andy Apr 12, 2009

    I received the same letter and check. My first instinct is that it must be a scam and my gooogle search just confirmed that.

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    maria magdalena Apr 14, 2009

    I also received the sama letter. same, same thing...4950 check to cover the tax expenses on a 250, 000 winnings. I am so happy the internet exist, I am so greatful to the people that posted their history, that is why I am posting mine so nobody will bite into that evil scam

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    Mandy Apr 14, 2009

    Received the same exact letter as Gene above, same check ammount drawn off the same bank with the same names and all...was really hoping it was real, for I do enter drawings occasionally. Weird thing is that they mailed it to my old address and it was forwarded to my current address. I am going to contact the authorities or news channels so no one else gets scammed by these lowlifes.

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    hopelovegrace Apr 15, 2009

    I received the same letter and check today for the amount of $4920, saying that I won the "Customers Compensation Draw". HAH! I don't enter sweepstakes. I won $250, 000! Yeah right!

    "Beatrice Berry" is at the bottom in the signature box, and I am to contact "Sandra Parker". I will definitely be turning this in to the authorities or calling the news so that they can spread the word.

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    dont do it Apr 20, 2009

    I just recieved the same check in the mail friday 4/17/09. the date on the check is 4/08/2009. i called jennifer moore, and demanded the name of her company repeatdly, she said she was not affiliated with any checks or global maxfin or holland companys, and said i had the wrong number. Kinda strange since her name and number were on the paper.


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    lsj Apr 24, 2009

    Got exactly the same thing in the mail yesterday. My husband (a police officer) said this happens all the time. Some poor schmuck goes to cash the check and they are the ones that get caught for trying to use a fake check!
    I'm not sure who one should go to to be honest! Media/News sites seem the best as they are more likely to disceminate the info. than the police who don't have time for this kind of thing. Besides is it illegal or just a scam????!!!

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    Kimberly Myles Mar 05, 2016

    Yes!! Once again the scammers have been exposed, I to have been scammed in the past so when I rec'd the fake check I google as well thx for all the infomation guys !!! I wish it was real as bad as I need money !!!

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