For about 2 weeks I'd been receiving unsolicited phone calls late at night and the callers all had an American accent yet despite my polite 'No Thankyou', the calls continued until 18/02/2008. On this date I received a letter in the post the envelope of which struck me as odd; although my address was correct, the envelope was marked Air Mail yet the franked top right hand corner said "Royal Mail Postage Paid GB". Curious, I opened it to find 2 A4-size sheets inside, each crudely printed on an ink jet (as opposed to the litho-type printing used by genuine companies) in green and red. Comparing mine to those already featured in Rip Off, my letter appears to be identical in every respect to those which other people on this forum have received ie you must reply within 7 days to claim your 9000. However, it is odd that the "claim form" isn't dated and the covering letter states that the cheque will only be paid to the sender who's claim form bears the winning number - yet there's absolutely no indication of what the (so called) Number actually is!
The final clue that this is a full-blown scam surrounds the company's (so called) promotion of fine Jewellery which, in this case, is a Diamond and Sapphire Pendant "layered in 14 karat gold". In reality, it's probably cheap rubbish dipped - or plated - in gold. Look at the word "Karat". In the English language, we spell that word with a 'C' - Carat - and 14 is most unusual; 9 carat gold is the norm whilst 18 carat is also well known but 14????????
REMEMBER! To win genuine prizes, you need to enter competitions and if you win, genuine promoters never beg for money up front on the scant promise of a massive win. Think For a Moment. Would you give a complete stranger a cheque for 9000 or send him / her a piece of valuable jewellery?????
I rest my case.