Scam turns international lotto 'winne...

Scam turns international lotto 'winners' into losers

There are 884 comments on the Roanoke Times story from May 11, 2006, titled Scam turns international lotto 'winners' into losers. In it, Roanoke Times reports that:

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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Sharon M

Perris, CA

#678 Apr 22, 2008
My check is for $2900.00 from Prize America with PCH.com logo scanned (badly scanned) on the letterhead. I won $35,000 from the Mega Millions/PCH "the Big Game" I called and the guy asked for my name, batch # and the check #. He then told me to deposit the check and then call back in 2 days and he would set up the delivery time of the 2nd check. It would be sent via Fed ex. I asked him why couldn't I just cash the check, why deposit? He told me checks were set up to have a 24hr hold and they would verify the check was deposited.(that's probably the time that they would clean out your bank account) I asked why I would need to call back and he told me arrangements would be made to meet with the official international lotto agent to pay the fees. These appoinments were made daily so there would be no delay in getting the balance sent to me. Why would I pay to get money I had won? He said by law (who's law??) they were no longer able to take taxes directly out of the winnings. I thanked him and hung up. I have to say, when he explained it to me (before I questioned him) there was no pressure to do anything. He just casually explained that I had won from an entry that had been submitted in the past 2 years from publishers clearing house. Just deposit the check and the 2nd check would be sent in just a couple of days.
Sharon M

Perris, CA

#679 Apr 22, 2008
Me again, I forgot to mention my check was drawn on JP Morgan Chase Bank in Utah from the account of USANA Sense Company, Inc. I googled the company and they seem to be a health and skin care company.
Lujuana Ho-Sing-Loy

Concord, CA

#680 Apr 24, 2008
Lebanon NH Police wrote:
<quoted text>
Jeremy,
i'm a police officer working on a fraud case involving this exact amount. Would you reply to me with what happened in your case?
JMP
Hi there...I rec'd a check today for $2995; Claiming I've won $52,995; All the bull about Int'l Law and processing fees etc. I called and got a person on the phone who was fairly irriated with me when I was questioning him. Go get them, they are all crooks.
Telekino

Buenos Aires, Argentina

#681 Apr 26, 2008
Same happen to me...I won 1.000.000 dollars lol.

This was the email:
Contact: Mr. Joe Klaes.of Belgische Lottery Agency.
TEL: 0032-485-569_398 or 01132-485-569_398
Email: [email protected]
Miss Dissapointed

Brentwood, CA

#682 Apr 28, 2008
I also recieved a letter from STARCHOICE INCORPORATED 2 weeks ago. Then I did what it told me to do, to contact the claim agent which was Bryan Howard. I was so foolish I went to the bank and actually tried to cash it, knowing that it might be a fraud I ask the teller to make sure that it's a real check. She told me that the supervisor told her to tell me to call Bryan again and tell him to send me a new check just to make sure. Because on my check it says $4,870 but the amount in writing is $4,890. So I called again and told Bryan that the bank wont cash the check. Can you believe it, he ask me"WHY?" Then I told him the reason, and he said "oww... that... yeah...there are other banks that will cash that, they should". Then I said "I think it would be best if you just send me another one". He said "ok, you will recieve it by Tuesday next week". Nothing came that week and so this week. Then today I called him and he told me that he wont be sending me the $4,870 check anymore. Instead he will send the full amount of $250,000. But... I have to pay the applicable tax of $450.hahahaha... I'm not that stupid! Then today I woke up! Damn it! I hate that Bryan guy!!!
So everyone else don't be a fool!
Sharon United States

Springdale, AR

#683 Apr 28, 2008
I got my check today in the amount of 4870.00 and was excited and decided to call my sister. She immediately told me to google them, that the whole thing was a scam. And, sure enough I see alot of people have received the same letter. I wonder why these people have not been stopped. What is the post office doing to stop these letters from going out? Shame on these people for thinking we Americans and the World are stupid enough to fall for this crap. Don't they know about this website! Anyway I will turn this over to the Attorny General and file whatever with the post office.
Sharon United States

Springdale, AR

#684 Apr 28, 2008
let me add that the letterhead read CUBRC Inc. and list Wal Mart, Sears, Ford, Microsoft, etc as sponsors. BEWARE!
Duane A

United States

#685 Apr 29, 2008
Sharon M wrote:
My check is for $2900.00 from Prize America with PCH.com logo scanned (badly scanned) on the letterhead. I won $35,000 from the Mega Millions/PCH "the Big Game" I called and the guy asked for my name, batch # and the check #. He then told me to deposit the check and then call back in 2 days and he would set up the delivery time of the 2nd check. It would be sent via Fed ex. I asked him why couldn't I just cash the check, why deposit? He told me checks were set up to have a 24hr hold and they would verify the check was deposited.(that's probably the time that they would clean out your bank account) I asked why I would need to call back and he told me arrangements would be made to meet with the official international lotto agent to pay the fees. These appoinments were made daily so there would be no delay in getting the balance sent to me. Why would I pay to get money I had won? He said by law (who's law??) they were no longer able to take taxes directly out of the winnings. I thanked him and hung up. I have to say, when he explained it to me (before I questioned him) there was no pressure to do anything. He just casually explained that I had won from an entry that had been submitted in the past 2 years from publishers clearing house. Just deposit the check and the 2nd check would be sent in just a couple of days.
I received the exact letter and check and contacted Chase bank. They gave me an 800 number to call to see if the check was good. It was not. Then I called Publishers Clearing House and gave them the information and faxed them a copy. They seemed to be well aware of this and did say it is a scam. I am glad I investigated this first. If "its too goo to be true, it probably is not true!"
Cyndi G

United States

#686 May 1, 2008
I received the check and for about 20 seconds thought it could possibly be for real. The check looks authentic. So I came to work and immediately found this site. I am not sure who to contact re this fraud in order to put a stop to it. Unfortunately there are many who will fall for this just hoping it will be their lucky break.
jaquin

United States

#687 May 1, 2008
My letter was from Canada with a Canadian post mark.
Funny thing is, If you go to some parts of Africa, or some parts of Belgium for that matter, there are newspaper adds and I've even seen billboards advertising "rip off the Americans" basically. There are a lot of people who make their money enticing folks to start these scams.
The more intricate ones will actually pay off a yank, to be a phone or mail contact so they have someone to do their talking and recieve the money and then send it back to the original perps. It's really bad when greedy ,not-too-bright folks use their elderly relatives phone or address.
There are a lot of scams like this on e-bay as well. Like the cars and bikes you see the same pics for indefferent adds, or are relisted every month. These clowns actually set up bogus web sites to arrange for the delivery and payment for cars that don't exist.
Contact your local Secret Service office for these type of things. It's one of the things they do.
Robert

Las Vegas, NV

#688 May 2, 2008
Here is the latest one beware!! PRIZE AMERICA, with PCH.COM , looks pretty good, but it is the same as everything else I am reading here SCAM SCAM SCAM. I also received a check for $2,900.00 that looks very real, so real i am bringing it to the States Attorneys office and I recommend you all do the same. It also has the canadian stamp with no return address on the envelope first red flag! Second red flag this check is for tax fees, if you really won the government/IRS will be the first ones to take the money out before you recieve your winning..the best part about this all is I never even played their lottery :) be very carefull and don't get sucked into this scam.
Phil Boswell

Chicago, IL

#689 May 2, 2008
Hi! I'm glad I found this....I got the same exact letter as many of you...Prize America...Publishers Clearing House...check for
$ 2,900 fees and to receive $ 35,000.00 in a few days...yes...the check does look authentic...exact same letter as Sharon and Robert as they posted it... I just received it yesterday...was skeptical...hadn't entered the contest in a while...checked this out today and glad I learned, for sure, that it was a skam.. To my knowlege...such prize winnings, even of small amounts , come by certified mail. yes... who couldn't use the money??? There are so many skams out there today...Boerne, TX
Annie

Ionia, MI

#690 May 4, 2008
I received a letter with the return address of: "Scott Trade Inc" 9000 Salvaye Blvd, St. Leonard QC. H2C1E5. Inside was a very real looking "congratulations" letter with the following info. on the letterhead: Scott Trade Financial Inc. 14000 Beverly Blvd, Calgary, Alberta Canada, T5T2M4" - The letter said I had "won" $85,000.00 from a second place lottery drawing held on April 23rd in Las Vegas, Nevada... The letter had a serial number, a ticket number and a reference number on it. Also with the letter was a very real looking check in the amount of $2,850.00 - The check was supposedly from: Shearing Corporation, 2000 Galloping Hills Rd. Kenilworth, NJ. 07033 - along with a phone number. It said they had tried to contact me by phone several times (Bullsh*t!) and failed to reach me and that I needed to call a Miss Sara Morgan (the # is disconnected!) and give her the reference number within 3 weeks... I was to cash the check which was to "help me" cover the cost of "winning my prize"... you get the idea. Has anyone else received this same letter and such? I know it's all B.S... I have no intentions of cashing the check and I will most likely give it to my bank to turn it over to the fraud dept. They say there is a sucker born every minute, but sorry guys, I'm NOT one of them!! Just wanted to add this to the seemingly never ending list of scams... BEWARE people, DO NOT fall for this... It could end up costing YOU!!!
johnny south carolina

Columbia, SC

#691 May 15, 2008
I recieved a letter in March 2008, saying that my name had been drawn for a prize of $250,00.00, with a check for ($4,890.00) and I had to call Bryan howard within 5 days to claim the money. I also had to go to a western unio/money gram location to send them $2,970.00. I call Bryan but could never reach him for about a month. I finally stop trying and looked this thing up on the internet which i'm now reading about all the other folks they tried to scam. i thought something was fishy, so I never tried to depsoit the check. Thank God I followed my gut feeling.
Michael

Sterling Heights, MI

#693 May 17, 2008
I got my letter and check from Keystone Global Services with a check for $4770.00, claim # TX/BH 4018 Winning #1-7-4-7-39/08 saying I have won $250k. Sheila Harris is the promotions director. What do the scammers get out of it?
carter united states

Tampa, FL

#695 May 19, 2008
I got a check a few days ago stating I had won 250,000,00 and in closed was a check for 4,890,00 to pay for goverment taxes. I called and lewis mcgregor told me this was a sure thing 100precent this is no joke .I called the bank keystone nazaerth bank and one of the tellers took all the information. i gave my number and the next day I guess to my surpize it was a scam the check was no good.one thing I found out these people have no concern for other people, and for all of us that really work for what we have.If I would have depoisted this check I would have been out of alot of money thank GOD I second guess this letter and its contense.
William Wallace

Mount Gilead, OH

#696 May 21, 2008
I got the same letter but my check was for4,770.00
and they told me to do the same as all of you are saying the only thing that is not the same is the name of the companey.Keystone Global Services.And the guys name is David Jeffery.So don't anyone fall for this scam eather.
Dorrene Wallace

Mount Gilead, OH

#697 May 21, 2008
My name is Dorrene and i reseve a letter about a year ago and they sent me a check for 4,905.00 and told me to put it in my bank and wait untill it clear then told me to send 2,992.00 to one person and the rest to another person.So i did and lost alot of money boy was i a fool for doing that so let me tell you all if you get a letter and it is from Northen trust corperation ant the name Harry Nelson or Frank Adams are on that letter throw it away.
Will

Thanyaburi, Thailand

#698 May 27, 2008
I received this kinda email and it sound really weird so i googled "CONFIRMATION OF EMAIL TICKET NUMBERS: BLB5-62-44-13" and i found this site. the 1st comment was on 2007 and now they still using the same exact email.
xavier c france

Bordeaux, France

#699 May 29, 2008
j'ai reçu un courier identique a vous tous qu'est ce que ça vaut ?

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