Scam turns international lotto 'winners' into losers

Full story: Roanoke Times

If you receive a check for winning the International Mega Lotto, watch out. The Better Business Bureau of Western Virginia said consumers around the nation are complaining about being told they are winners, ...
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Mack

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#636
Mar 17, 2008
 
I received 2 checks for $4450.00 each from Commerce Bank out of Philadelphia, PA. First came with a letter saying I won 59,000 for my share of a multi-million dollar sweepstake. The second came with a letter saying they want me as a mystery shopper. Both postmarked from Canada. I took them to my bank to have them checked out and found that they are both counterfeit and I would have been responsible for them if I would have cashed them. I would advise not cashing them and turning them into your bank.
jhil

Collinsville, IL

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#637
Mar 17, 2008
 
i also got this scam letter. the letter was signed by bryan howard and shelia harris.they claimed i got a check for 4,890 to pay bond and gov. fees of 2,970. and that i have won 250,000 USD.this is bullshit and i think they should find these people and make them give us the money they promised!!!!!!! anybody agree??????????
cmrap

United States

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#638
Mar 18, 2008
 
jhil wrote:
i also got this scam letter. the letter was signed by bryan howard and shelia harris.they claimed i got a check for 4,890 to pay bond and gov. fees of 2,970. and that i have won 250,000 USD.this is bullshit and i think they should find these people and make them give us the money they promised!!!!!!! anybody agree??????????
jhil, you could actually claim breach of contract! You can sue for specific performance but all you will get is a piece of paper that says "You Win", again! And just like the first piece of paper that said you won and was worthless so shall the second one even if it is signed by a Judge. If the company has no money there's nothing to get. Just talk to the folks that worked at Enron. Even when the company owner is found and gets hit with a judgment, its still the same. The only types of companies that, when hit with a judgment and all appeals are exhausted, that actually pay are only banks and insurance companies. Joining a class action is a waste of time. Only criminal prosecution, if Feds can do it, is the only way to go.
Ghulam Mustafa

Houston, TX

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#639
Mar 20, 2008
 
I received A letter from pch.com including a check for 4,850 from GLASROCK / OMI of Cleveland, OH 44194 . The contact is JOHN CRAWFORD ACCT. Manager to activate & start the Claim Process. I do realize but i m curious what is that
SO HAPPY

AOL

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#640
Mar 20, 2008
 
Wow!!! I received this kind of letter back in July of 2007 and I was like "What the hell is this about?" I knew I never had entered any Lotto thing. So I set the letter on the side of my computer and forgot about it...Really. My intention was to have my daughter look over it for me and then maybe deposit it in my bank. This evening I was looking for something and came across this letter again and my son was visiting so I asked him to read the letter. First thing he said was look it up in the internet. Thats when I saw all of this. I am SO HAPPY I set this letter to a side. So... should I just throw it away or give it to the police?
sergio luiz bonato

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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#641
Mar 22, 2008
 
essa pegadinha é boa se ganhei quero doar 500 mil euros para voces se me disserem como receber meu dinheiro no Brasil e o que devo fazer
Sergio
Aunt Ducky

United States

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#642
Mar 23, 2008
 
Got the same letter today about winning this lottery. I do NOT play lottery so knew it had to be bogus. Says is affiliatedwith Publishers Clearing House, so have forwarded a copy to them as well as to the Missouri Attorney General, the US Post Office (mail fraud), etc. My envelope was plain, with a sticker for the address and a Canada stamp. The accounts manager was John Crawford. When I did a reverse directory on the phone number, discovered it is for a cell phone. No business would use cell phone for contact nor would they expect you to pay for call - would provide an 800 number at least. Please warn everyone about this scam. THe check sure looks real and the wording all looks legal - especially as they keep referring (in bold print) official Laws and Income Tax Protocols as mandated by the US Governmen. I will continue to pursue until something/someone is caught and brought to justice over this fraud!
uchenna

Satellite Provider

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#643
Mar 24, 2008
 
i got the same mail from krastolen lottery telling me i won one million dollars.please dont fall for such scams, it doesnt exit
sam from australia

Sydney, Australia

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#644
Mar 26, 2008
 
I too got a letter telling me I won $750,000 euros in the third category. Funny thing is, I haven't entered into any lottery to win.... Don't think I'll be calling bonuz.7pinternational lotto and if nothing else I'll save the phone call. Stay safe everyone and be wise!!!!!!!!!
Andrea

United States

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#645
Mar 27, 2008
 
I got one of these today. Looks like a real check. I'd never be stupid enough to deposit it and I'm sure if I went to Wacovia they wouldn't cash it out.
Here's the kicker though. Everything is much like what everyone else has said except mine is addressed to Stephen Price. I've lived in this home for 8 years now and the previous owner for almost 10 before that. There has not been a Stephen Price living in this house for at least 15 years so pelase explain to me how he could have won money in a lottery with info that isn't even valid. If I were entering a lottery or contest, I'd make sure they have my correct address.
No problem

Jacksonville, AR

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#646
Mar 27, 2008
 
I got one of these letters too early March. Did as instructed and received my $250,000.00 yesterday! Ah, life is great!
No problem

Jacksonville, AR

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#647
Mar 27, 2008
 
If you believe that, I've got some ocean front property to sell you in Jacksonville, AR!
toms riverNJ

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#648
Mar 29, 2008
 
I got the same letter on March 28, 2008. First my whole family beleived it, but my dad did not beleive it so yold me to research itonline the next day. So I did and found this website online. Thank God to people i found this website and told my dad and we got saaved. You could never get money free without working. Thank God a million times.

Since: Mar 08

Montgomery, IL

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#649
Mar 29, 2008
 
Thank God for the internet or I would have cashed this check for $4870 dollars from International Lotto Plus. They said I was 1 of 200 winners from the 87 million dollar jackpot in the 7th category for $250,000 dollars. Obviously there math skills suck because 87,000,000 Divided by 200 is $435,000, the difference must be in administative fees. ha ha. I called the Lasalle Bank in Downers Grove and they said the check was no good and to destroy it, they said there was nothing more they can do. I then called the Oswego police department, and they said there is nothing they can do, well thats just great. I couldn't believe the number of posts on this fraud and there still nothing no one can do. Well I'm going to figure it out. Almost everyone I know has a financial difficulty in there life, and for these pieces of shit to give such false hope is wrong. I will post back later on this subject once I find out what we can all do about this.
Janet

Asheville, NC

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#650
Mar 29, 2008
 
Has anyone actually tried to deposit the check and if they did, did it clear?

Since: Mar 08

Montgomery, IL

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#651
Mar 29, 2008
 
Hi Cynthia, I googled the routing # on the check (071000505) and it does come up for the bank name on the check, so it looks like a super real check now....no I won't be cashing it!! I know it's a fraud.
unluckyme

Sarasota, FL

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#652
Mar 31, 2008
 
i got a letter just like teresa from watergate services in. bryan howard ( claim agent) sheila harris (promotions director) for the amount of
4,870 so i can pay the bond and government fees of 2,970, so i am so broke and poor i didn't think it was a scam so i went to the bank and opend a account today with that check and i found this site, so tomarow morning i will go to the bank and close that account and let them know and see what they can do from there. i gave no info about me on the phone just the claim number.p.s. i read the other names are invaled michael kennedy so i call the same number for bryan howard and asked for michael kennedy and the same man i talked to answerd i said can i talk to michael kennedy and he said yes how can i help you and i hung up. so i hope i do ok from this. skip sarasote florida
Mary Magdalene_NC

Winston Salem, NC

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#653
Mar 31, 2008
 
Lucky Me, I won too. Check for $4,850. to use for covering tax protocols. I'd love to give John Crwaford a fist full of tax protocols. Prize America based out of Las Vegas, PCH, mail came from B.C. Canada. Makes you wonder why American cash winnings would be coming from Oh Canada?Frank Thomas sign my letter, but his signature doesn't even come close. Good think some of us are smater than the average bear. I pray these creeps get there just dessert.My check i s now little pices in the shredder
Rigoberto Guadamuz

Managua, Nicaragua

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Apr 1, 2008
 

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RE: Claim Info/Rigoberto Guadamuz/PBLB-5-62-44-13/Mrs. Suzanne Van Cruys/MR.JOE VAN HAEZEBROUK.‏
De: Rigoberto Guadamuz Pérez (rigog2@hotmail.com)
Enviado: sábado, 29 de marzo de 2008 12:49:16 p.m.
Para: belgische@switched.com
From: rigog2@hotmail.com
To: belgische@switched.com
Subject: RE: Claim Info/Rigoberto Guadamuz/PBLB-5-62-44-13/Mrs. Suzanne Van Cruys/MR.JOE VAN HAEZEBROUK.
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2008 15:41:55 -0600
From: rigog2@hotmail.com
To: belgische@switched.com
Subject: RE: Claim Info/Rigoberto Guadamuz/PBLB-5-62-44-13/Mrs. Suzanne Van Cruys.
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2008 08:39:19 -0600
To: belgische@switched.com
Subject: RE: Claim Info/Rigoberto Guadamuz/PBLB-5-62-44-13,
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2008 18:14:12 -0600
Mrs. Suzanne Van Cruys.
(Secretary)
BELGISCHE LOTTERY AGENCY
REFERENCE:# QBH-7-12-19-33-9-65,
WINNING:# BGD-21-7-2-28-37-19,
BATCH:# DST-33-29-12-1-8-19,
EMAIL TICKET:# BLB-5-62-44-13,
Dear Mrs. Suzanne Van Cruys.
Rigoberto Guadamuz

Managua, Nicaragua

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#655
Apr 1, 2008
 
Tal parece que Ila desde Italia ha recibido estos mismos numeros ganadores desde el año 2007. Parece que hay bandalos que estan queriendo desprestigiar a esa loteria u obtener beneficios de ella.

Guadamuz

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