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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Carol S

Waco, TX

#915 Feb 11, 2011
Received a letter from Publishers Lotto Commission in Plano, TX. With it was a check for $2,950.00 that showed Ark-La-Tex Financial Service drawn on Compass Bank in Dallas, TX. The envelope this letter and check came in was postmarked out of Canada. Instructed to deposit the check then call Natalie Johnson 866-851-7291 to activate the check and start the claim and remittance process. I would then receive $100,000. I know this is a scam; but, I can see that some people (especially those that are elderly) believing that this is a "real check," resulting in them losing the face value of the conterfeit check due to this scam. From what I understand, after depositing the check, the claims agent (Natalie Johnson) tells you to keep $200, sending these scammers the difference of $2750.50 ($2970.00 minus the $200) by wire transfer. A few days later your bank will be calling you to say that the check was counterfeit ... you will then learn that you are out all this money $2970.00, and they have succeeded in robbing you. Luckily, when my 75 year old mother got this "scam letter and check" she knew it had to be some sort of scam, gave it to me to look into for her; she was wise enough not to try depositing it... but I bet for every 10 people that don't deposit the check there is 1 person that falls for the scam and looses their money to these foreign based criminals.
Monica

Olivehurst, CA

#916 May 7, 2011
My mother got a letter in the mail today from GREENLIGHT FINANCIAL SYSTEMS in Ontario, Canada. I immediately knew it was fraud when it said "winning final notification" & a check for 3,525 with a letter saying she was one of 32 winners of 125K I googled everything but when I googled "Bryan Mcloud promo manager" this site came up! It's bad enough that I have delete this junk out of my email inbox, and have my spam on high filter but now they have mailing addresses what is the world coming to?! PLEASE BE AWARE OF THIS SCAM AND LET EVERYONE YOU CARE ABOUT KNOW! THE CHECK IN THIS SCAM CAME FROM PNC BANK IN OHIO and was from "Progressive Direct Insurance company"....
Loadmaster

Frisco, TX

#918 May 27, 2011
My father-in-law received a check from "Greenlight Financial Systems" claiming that he was one of 32 winners of $4M, his share being $125,000. Ticket serial number 49-85612563, winning number 55778002, promotion manager "Bryan McCloud". Inside was a check for $3,975.00, which they said "do not attempt to use until you call", and that $1,995.00 of that was to be paid through Western Union "directly to the tax agent" (whoever that's supposed to be). We were supposed to keep this winning "confidential" until the claim had been processed.

Smells like a scam to me.

For any check you deposit, always wait until it clears first before counting that money as yours.
Theresa

Hilmar, CA

#919 Jun 12, 2011
I received a check yesterday for $3975 stating I won a lottery draw with 32 other people too. My claim number was the same as a previous claim above. Winning no 55778002. The promotion manager in my letter is Bryan Finley but from Greenlight Financial Systems too!!! I will rip up the check thanks to all these responses.
Stormy Bellville Mi

AOL

#920 Jun 15, 2011
I recieved the check in the amount of $3975 from Brian Finley and talk to Daniel Evans he told me to tak it to the bank and deposit. After reading these notes, I believe it is a scam. But to a poor person I really wish this was for real.I guess I should just sread the check up also.
Joe Cain

Dallas, TX

#921 Jun 20, 2011
Has anyone actually tried it? All I see is ppl who were pessimistic about it when received But did anyone take a chance? My bank, USAA, said the check was 100% valid.
Margie

Temple, TX

#922 Jun 28, 2011
I got a phone call telling me I had won a sweepstakes of 1.5 million and a Mercedes Benz,
like others submitted from receipt of jc penny or walmart etc. Said I'd get a receipt, and then a
certificate, take to western union, and agents would be in texas, and call from legal dept. repeating the amount etc, and instructions, which then included ,then later advised of the funds I needed to send to NY of $1395, and then agents would deliver my winings. Yea right. Called the numbers, they answered, but wereynot valid according to the reverse phone lookup. I sent all info to FBI, just in case they could find them.
Don't know if it was the right thing to do or not,
but figured it couldn't hurt.
Patty

Saint Louis, MO

#923 Jul 1, 2011
I received letter from Green Light Financial Systems & check for $3,975 today (same ticket serial # & winning # as Loadmaster post above). I called and spoke to Claim Agent Daniel Evans to request additional information and was told to deposit the check, call back and then I would be given information including the tax agent to send the taxes to. I asked to speak to a supervisor to verify this, and said if I had to pay taxes I would pay directly to US Treasury, not some agent, and was told to just deposit the check to get further information and I would have to pay through the agent because that was how this process worked. As I questioned him more, he suddenly had a call on another line and had to go. The check is on a Citibank Deleware and the Payee is Canon Business Solutions. Do these reputable companies know they are being used in these scams? Part of me would like to try to cash the check with no intention of sending in the taxes, but I will probably take to the bank for them to handle...
Jesse Tallahassee FL

Panacea, FL

#924 Aug 2, 2011
One of my Uncles in his late 70’s got a letter in the mail on August 1, 2011 from Greenlight Financial, Inc. in Ontario, Canada. He contacted me to review the letter. Immediately, I knew it was scam when it said "WINNING FINAL NOTIFICATION" & a check for 3,975 with a letter saying he was one of 32 declared winners of $125,000. The check came from TD Bank 35 Mount Auburn Ave. Auburn, ME 04210 with a ticket serial # 49-85612563 and winning # 55778002. What made me even more suspicious when the letter stated,“Please do not attempt to use this check until you call. We urge you to keep this winning CONFIDENTIAL until your claim has been processed and your cash remitted to you as this is part our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by non participants taking advantage of this program.” I asked him to let me do some research concerning the letter and check. I did a web search for everything on the letter and check but when I Googled "Bryan Finley promotional manager" this site came up. Please be aware of this scam and let everyone you care about.
LJ Fenton MI

Fenton, MI

#925 Aug 6, 2011
I received same 'Winning Final Notification' letter from Greenlight Financial, Inc in Ontario, Canada. Interesting that my winning lottery Ticket Serial No is also 49-85612563 and 'lucky' winning NO 55778002.
Don't lottery numbers usually have unique ending digits??? Funny!!
It is tempting to see if my bank would find the check valid, cash it and hold on to the money and pay it back if it was fraud, but I wouldn't risk being part of a fraud case and being fined.
Sam

United States

#926 Aug 13, 2011
The problem with depositing the check is that when it is deposited and "bounces" it will go back to the issuing party with you account number stamped on the back. Look at the bank image of checks you've written that have gone through, they have the account number they went to on the back. So do they win even if you deposit and never call them, in the sense they now have your account number?
LJ Fenton MI wrote:
I received same 'Winning Final Notification' letter from Greenlight Financial, Inc in Ontario, Canada. Interesting that my winning lottery Ticket Serial No is also 49-85612563 and 'lucky' winning NO 55778002.
Don't lottery numbers usually have unique ending digits??? Funny!!
It is tempting to see if my bank would find the check valid, cash it and hold on to the money and pay it back if it was fraud, but I wouldn't risk being part of a fraud case and being fined.
MarkInTheDark

Lenoir, NC

#927 Aug 16, 2011
No way in hell did your check clear.......Brian?
Joe wrote:
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Don't send it keep it, it's a scam!
me too

Kansas City, MO

#928 Aug 31, 2011
they are still doing this, i got a check for 3,800 of my 88,000 dollar winnings. i was told to call my claims agent. i googled the info and here i am pissed off!! they hurt my feelings, playing wit broke people. me and my son saying thank u lord!! lol!! they need to be locked up till the end off there time.
depressed not true

Florence, KY

#929 Oct 11, 2011
i received a letter saying i won the treetop vue trust lotto.$250,000.00. to call. so i did and i noticed that the address they had on me was out of the phone book. They told me to expect a check for taxes in 10 days. Today i got a check for $4,995.00 then they said to call them before i cash the check. They said that i would deposit the check and send them $1,995.00 western union.
I knew it was a scam so i call the bbb and they gave me the number of the ftc and i told them and they said i did the right thing. It just makes me mad that people keep getting away with things like this. I also called the attorney general and the lady on the phone said that i should tell the post office not to accept any more letters from overseas. so they wasted my time.
john h

Columbus, OH

#930 Dec 22, 2011
I can't believe how naive all these people are, if you all think that someone will send you money for nothing, you really need to wake up, be for real, if you did not purchase a lottery ticket that you have in your possession, that has winning numbers on it, you did not win anything, and if you did, it would be your responsibility to take it in to lottery office in the state you have purchased it in, and cash it.
Newme313

Saint Paul, MN

#931 Jan 2, 2012
I received a letter from Meridian a company out of Toronto Canada, it came with a check from Citibank for $3,875 and stated I should call a Brian McFarlen before cashing this check. I am suspecious by nature so looked on the internet and found this site. I'm so glad I did. Times are so hard many people will fall for this scam. How do they get these big corporations logo to write checks, mine was from Citibank and we do use them. Thanks for your input and hopefully these people will get caught and brought up on charges from those companies they are stealing their logo's from.
BeechB

Oberlin, OH

#932 Jan 6, 2012
My check was authorized by "Leia Organa Solo." Anyone with a brain should know this is a scam, but for any self-respecting nerd, that signature should clinch it.
Howderson

Overland Park, KS

#933 Jan 23, 2012
Newme313 wrote:
I received a letter from Meridian a company out of Toronto Canada, it came with a check from Citibank for $3,875 and stated I should call a Brian McFarlen before cashing this check. I am suspecious by nature so looked on the internet and found this site. I'm so glad I did. Times are so hard many people will fall for this scam. How do they get these big corporations logo to write checks, mine was from Citibank and we do use them. Thanks for your input and hopefully these people will get caught and brought up on charges from those companies they are stealing their logo's from.
I got the same thing today and used the paper to wipe up after my dog's mess...
James

Yuba City, CA

#934 Jan 31, 2012
I just recieved a letter from Anchor Trust Financial 209 Bishopsgate, Tower Hamlets, London EC2M United Kingdom saying I won 100,000.00!!! No check came with it but it's telling me to contact Mr Paul Nelson or Susan Mcgee to claim your prize!!! Well Mr Paul and Susan just scam thereselfs!!! No return address when they send the letter!!! Don't fall for that one!!!I'm RICH!!! yae right!!! I should call them and make a prank call and record them and put it on youtube!!! Maybe get rich then!!!
Too Good to Be True

Lansing, MI

#937 Feb 21, 2012
Today I received an envelope with a return address of Costco and inside the envelope was a check for $3875 claiming that I had won $125,000 and to call the number before cashing the check. I am a Costco member but being skeptical and realizing nothing in the world is free and there's usually a catch I found myself searching the internet for scams. Fortunately, I found this site. Once again it was from Meridian Financial Group out of Toronto, CA and signed by Brian McFarlen. Watch out for those Costco offers!

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