I am writing to you to let you know of a BIG TIME scam going on. I have googled it and found out that over 100 million dollars yearly is scammed out of Americans yearly by these Canadian Scammers. I received a check in the mail, on the envelope it has a CANADA stamp, the check is from Citizens Bank in Pennsylvania, the name on the check is: FTC v. DATACOM MERKETING (suppose to be Marketing), address is from Chanhassen, MN, the letter with the check is from Elkridge. MD.
It said Congratulations on your success as one of the winners of North American Utilities draw held on Monday April 24th, 2008. Says my name was drawn from 149,000 telephone and utilities bills (I live with my parents and have never had either in my name). This check goes on to say I won a lump sum of 46,500,000USD cash, out of total $25,234,000,000 shared among the winners. Enclosed is the check for $2,580.00 said it is to be used for charges/fees required to be paid to Lotto Regulatory Board. It tells me to keep it confidential until my prize money is received to avoid multiple claims. Tells me to call a number and talk to two people (has their names) as soon as I received this notice to assist me in finalizing the payment process.
These people are scams, I have the letter, the check and one report of a person off of ripoffreport.com that tells everyone to report it as well, he had received a check in the amount of 2,310.00 in the drawing on April 24, 2008, the same date as mine, but different names and address on every thing I have, the envelope has Canada stamp, the letter is from Elkridge, MD, the check is from Citizens bank, Pennsylvania, the address on the check is Chanhassen, MN.
I called my local authorities, county and state police, and they just laughed and said , "yeah that is probably a scam" The state police told me to just throw it in the garbage and stated they receive 100's of these weekly. I bet if this was to happen to one of there loved ones, they would be out for revenge and prosecute them. The state police here said, "most of those letters and checks are from overseas" they wouldnt even listen to what I had to say about this company and wanting to file a report, they just said, "throw it away"
But, I am more considerate of people then that, I dont want some old person, disabled or anyone to get one of these fake scam checks and lose out a lot of money. I am doing my part, trying to get the word out that there is a lottery scam going around, but I cannot do it without the help of the local authorities and media.