• Report: #447679

Complaint Review: Citi Financial Group - George Anderson - Brenda Hicks

  • Submitted: Thu, April 30, 2009
  • Updated: Wed, May 06, 2009

  • Reported By:Follansbee West Virginia
Citi Financial Group - George Anderson - Brenda Hicks
200 HWY 7 Midland, Ontario Canada

Citi Financial Group - George Anderson - Brenda Hicks Shoppers Sweepstakes, total winnings of $250,000.00, check in amount of $4,975.00 Midland Ontario

*Consumer Suggestion: HERE'S WHAT WILL HAPPEN

*Consumer Comment: Wow

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Letter received in mail on April 27, 2009 from Citi Financial Group Inc., International Claim Department, 200 HWY 7, Midland Ont. L4R 1Y5. Telephone number: 1-416-890-3174

Letter reads:
WINNING FINAL NOTIFICATION
Sir/Madam,

We are pleased to inform you that you are one of the declared winners of the SHOPPERS SWEEPSTAKES held on January 5th, 2009 in the 2nd category. Ticket serial NO XXXXXXXXX drew the lucky winning NO XX-XX-XX-XX-XX.

We have made many unsuccessful attempts to contact you regarding this winning. You are therefore entitled to the sum of $250,000.00 US DOLLARS. This is from total prize money of $5 Million US dollars that was shared and presented among the other 20 declared winners. Please note that all the participants were selected through a random computer ballot system drawn from over 50,000 names.

Your claim number is XX/XXX-XXXX and has been assigned to our North American Claims Affoliate. To expedite the processing enclosed is the check of $4,975.00 US dollars which has been deducted from your winning. The sole purpose of this check is for the payment of applicable Goverment Taxes on your big winnings.

The tax amount is $2,995.00 US DOLLARS (TWO THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED NINETY FIVE DOLLARS) to be paid by either MONEYGRAM or WESTERN UNION.

Please do not attempt to use this check until you call. You are advised to contact your claim agent immediately for further clarification as indicated below within 5 business days.

GEORGE ANDERSON (CLAIM AGENT) 1-416-890-3174

Congratulations,

Yours Truly

Brenda Hicks (Promotion Manager)

Pamela
Follansbee, West Virginia
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

HERE'S WHAT WILL HAPPEN

AUTHOR: Karl - (U.S.A.)

If Pamela deposits the check it will be accepted into her bank account. She will then wire money to the scammer. Within a few days the check she deposited will be identified as no good. These are usually bank checks stolen from some company which is why they seem to have no association with the scammer's "company". The money she wired will never be seen again and the bank will file fraud charges against her. In most cases the money wired seriously depletes a bank account and creates all kinds of problems for the scammed person.

If you can't stand to throw away checks at least deposit it and wait until it completely clears before sending any money anywhere and NEVER wire money. In 99 44/100% of the time these sweepstakes scams are just scams. They all work the same way.
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Wow

AUTHOR: SocratesAL - (U.S.A.)

You learned how to cut and paste a letter !! Good for you !! Now - WHERE IS THE RIP OFF ???? You have provided absolutely NO INFORMATION about being ripped off. What happened ?? Did you call the number ?? Did you deposit the check ??? What were the results ???? Please file a COMPLETE report outlining HOW you were ripped off as well as all other pertinent information. Geeezzzzzzz.
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