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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Crystal

Guangzhou, China

#761 Dec 13, 2008
The Fraud ?
Paige Hunt

Charlotte, NC

#762 Dec 13, 2008
My mom went to the local police department where she lives and they took all the information down that she had on these scammers. A detective is suppose to be going to her house next week to talk to her about it some more, but i don't know how this is going to catch the scammers, if they can even be caught. The only advice i know to give anyone at this time is to contact your local police. Good luck to you all!!!
Brandy Deberry Ga

Roswell, GA

#764 Dec 16, 2008
i received a similiar letter. However i have not been asked to send money yet.I did call the real bank on my check and they let me know that it was a bogus account. I will play long with the game. I am a single parent of an 11 year old and i am taken care of both of my disable parents so to get my hopes up and then have them crushed. i hope these scammers have the worse Christmas ever and i hope they get caught and thrown in a swamp and let the alligators do the rest.
Ericka_F

Cathedral City, CA

#765 Dec 21, 2008
I got a UPS delivery on 12-19-08, inside there was a basic white letter envelope with my name printed on it in pen. Inside of that envelope was a check addressed to me for $4,580. However there was no letter attached and no explanation. The return address says Bob Bauer at the North American Olive Oil Association. What would anyone gain from me cashing this check?
lenny

UK

#766 Jan 17, 2009
come on ever heard to good to be true
and it usualy is

well it realy is i feel bad for those that have lost but you should take more care

there are so many scammers out there that try it on i get emails daily but never ever will they scam me

type of person i am i guess

biggest give away is the telephone numbers they give in some of there emails always start with 070 never ring these as they are premium numberss and cost a fortune

hope loads read these threads and dont get ripped off

good luck all
Ron California

Los Gatos, CA

#767 Jan 23, 2009
I got the letter yesterday. I only won $150,000. The letterhead and the check are Medibroker Insurance, Inc. 72 Smetana Dr., Minnetonka, Mn.
The financial institution that the $4,987.85 check is drawn from is the US FEDERAL Credit Union, Egan Mn. The check was signed by Robert Druski.
The sweepstakes lottery is a Shopping Award in conjunction with the Sony Promotions, held on January 3rd, 2009 in the 2nd Category. And, of corse, I need to send $2,998 by Western Union or Moneygram to the tax agent.
My contact "Agent" is James Fisher at 16472195121. Mrs. Laura Clark is the Promotion/Claim Manager, who apparently signed the letter. But, with my wildest imagination, I cannot get Laura Clark from the signature.(There appears to be a crossed t at the end of the signature)
Greg Higgs

East Elmhurst, NY

#768 Jan 29, 2009
I received a letter today from "Tax Agent" James Fisher. The letter had no return address on it. Enclosed was a check for $4,987.85 and a request to send $2,998.00 in a money order or Western Union to pay for "Government Taxes" I am also advised to keep my "Claim Number" (MII-0127) confidential
"To avoid duplication or lost claim". There were several typos and incorrect word usage and sentence structure. If this were truly a sweepstakes award, I'm sure they would have taken the trouble to be more concise and correct in their writing. It was especially humorous to read how "They made many unsuccessful attempts to contact me". I learned long ago, if something appears too good to be true, it usually is. I'm just sad to know that someone, somewhere will fall for this scam. Watch out everyone! A sucker and their money are soon parted!
Linda

Alexandria, VA

#769 Jan 30, 2009
I just received one of these checks. Called the desk of Kelly Carter and the desk did not respond with with an answer. Got curious about this so Googled them. Am glad to think of looking up the company on the Internet to avoid future problems. The letter is from CITIZENS FINANCIAL AWARD INC., International Finance Department, Ontario. The check is written on a JPMorgan Chase Bank, 110 W Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13201 and it is for $4,875.00 with claims to pay the tax amount of $3,835.00 to my tax agent using Money Gram located in WAL MART.
This award claim notification is from Janet Brown, Promotion Manager.
Thank goodness for the Internet.
Glen Sullivan

Lafayette, LA

#770 Jan 30, 2009
Rio wrote:
<quoted text> You start by saying you KNEW it was too good to be true. So, why did you ACTUALLY CALL? Not smart. Now they have a phone number that belongs to your name. Rio
Well, we can't all be as bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as you, Rio. I called from my cell-phone and got a guy who's supposed to be "James Fisher" but with a strong Middle-Eastern accent. He got arugmentative as soon as I asked, "why did you send this from Canada?" His answer was "we have a regional office there" Well, duh. I intend now to report this to the Post Office as attempted fraud throught the mails. However, I'm guessing there is some kind of loophole that makes it safer for them to mail into the US from Canada, and get away with their crime. I will also be reporting this to my State's Attorney General's Office.
Glen Sullivan

Lafayette, LA

#771 Jan 30, 2009
As long as you don't let them have your bank account number,(which come back to them on their check once it is cancelled) your SSN, I think your are OK. Phone numbers - well there are other laws prohibiting even telemarketing, get a screener, that is what I suggest. They can't do much with a phone number, except call you repeatedly. Then report them to the Attorney General's office, Federal and State! Cell phones, if you want to amuse yourself with how scum operate, use a cell phone, I can willingly change my cell number tom if I have to, it's no big deal.
Glen Sullivan

Lafayette, LA

#772 Jan 30, 2009
Ericka_F wrote:
I got a UPS delivery on 12-19-08, inside there was a basic white letter envelope with my name printed on it in pen. Inside of that envelope was a check addressed to me for $4,580. However there was no letter attached and no explanation. The return address says Bob Bauer at the North American Olive Oil Association. What would anyone gain from me cashing this check?
Ericka- the check will be voided by their bank or credit union as non-payable, and returned to the scammers with the stamp "non-sufficient funds" or words to that effect. The scammers will have paid $20 in a penalty for this, but that returned check will have your account number on it, either written there by you or you bank, and they can use that to get into your account and debit you until you have nothing left. Just contact your state attorney general, US Postmaster General, and you might consult with the L.A. Sheriff's Office (though this may be out of their jurisdiction; do call the Post Office).
Clair- California

Baldwin Park, CA

#773 Feb 1, 2009
I got the same letter, these people should be lock_up
David-California

Palo Alto, CA

#774 Feb 2, 2009
I got the same letter and check but from Susan Hanson. The letterhead had a legitimate reputable company name, Medibroker Insurance, Inc. I checked the company out on the Web. The company's business doesn't match the purpose of the letter. It must be a scam. I called the number and I got a filled voice mail, so I could not leave a message that I was reporting them to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. I wish I had time to track these scum down and put them in prison so they can enjoy the fruits of their labor. David
Calvin-NC

Palm Desert, CA

#775 Feb 2, 2009
I also got the letter and check from Medibroker. I immediately took it for a scam. No legit organization would send you a check and then ask you to send them money back. Anyway I googled Medibroker and came to this site. Thank goodness for sites like this for people to post their experiences with these scammers. Maybe it'll save someone else from falling for the scam.
George - Tampa FL

Tampa, FL

#776 Feb 4, 2009
I got the same Medibroker scam complete with 4987.85 check. I just hope those poor souls who don't have access to internet know what a mail-fraud scam looks like. For me, with a daughter getting married in May, that 5k sure would have come in handy...oh well. Thanks for the posts.
Rusty

AOL

#777 Feb 4, 2009
I recieved a letter and a check, the check was for 3965.06. and the letter said i won 425000 from the readers digest lotto. the check was from Life Insurance Investors of America. I was to contact Jenna Woods or Michael Adams. I spoke with Michael Adams and he told me to deposit the check into my checking account and he would ship me 425000. I told him there was no need for that and i asked him where he was located and that i would personally get on an airplane and be there asap for that kind of money. Then he hung up on me!!!!!!!!!!
Jill from Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI

#778 Feb 4, 2009
I received the same exact letter yesterday. My envelope was labled with a typed name and address. I called James Fisher who sounded like he was asleep. His first question was "Did you deposit the check?" He stated once I deposited the check he would tell me who to contact. The information appears reasonable but the letter, the way it is written sends up red flags. I will be going to the bank and the post office to prove the fraud.
Ron California wrote:
I got the letter yesterday. I only won $150,000. The letterhead and the check are Medibroker Insurance, Inc. 72 Smetana Dr., Minnetonka, Mn.
The financial institution that the $4,987.85 check is drawn from is the US FEDERAL Credit Union, Egan Mn. The check was signed by Robert Druski.
The sweepstakes lottery is a Shopping Award in conjunction with the Sony Promotions, held on January 3rd, 2009 in the 2nd Category. And, of corse, I need to send $2,998 by Western Union or Moneygram to the tax agent.
My contact "Agent" is James Fisher at 16472195121. Mrs. Laura Clark is the Promotion/Claim Manager, who apparently signed the letter. But, with my wildest imagination, I cannot get Laura Clark from the signature.(There appears to be a crossed t at the end of the signature)
another one

Cleveland, TN

#779 Feb 4, 2009
I got the letter yesterday. I won $150,000. The letterhead and the check are Medibroker Insurance, Inc. 72 Smetana Dr., Minnetonka, Mn.
The financial institution that the $4,987.85 check is drawn from is the US FEDERAL Credit Union, Egan Mn. The check was signed by Robert Druski.
The sweepstakes lottery is a Shopping Award in conjunction with the Sony Promotions, held on January 3rd, 2009 in the 2nd Category. And, of corse, I need to send $2,998 by Western Union or Moneygram to the tax agent.
My contact "Agent" is Susan Hanson at 16472191294. Mrs. Laura Clark is the Promotion/Claim Manager, who apparently signed the letter.
Marc- Montoursville PA

Montoursville, PA

#780 Feb 4, 2009
I, also, received this letter stating I had won $150,000. All I had to do was cash the check for $4,987.85 to pay government taxes and fees so I could receive my winnings. I called the agent James Fisher and was barely able to understand his middle eastern accent. I also could hear a small child in the background making me realize he was at home and not in an office. These things made me realize I needed to do some researching of my own. Thank you for your information that you all shared about this scam.
Another scam-Boise ID

Boise, ID

#781 Feb 6, 2009
I, too, received the exact same letter and very real looking letter yesterday. Lotto winnings, govt taxes/fees,$2998, etc... Boy I am sure glad that i subscribe to the "too good to be true" line of thinking. Am heading over to post office to report scam/ mail fraud.

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