I received a letter in the mail stating that the North Americal Holiday Travel Reward Promotions held on 30th of July 2007 had my name attached to it. It also stated that I had won a holiday on the Intrepid Ocean Linear for 6 days and 5 nights, and oh, what fun I would have on this trip, which I had 12 months to book. On top of that, they sent me a check totalling $2,975.15 to cover the service charge and insurance fees in the big winning of, get this $45,00.00. wow. would that be an answer to prayers. Call James Baldwin at 1-613-261-6457.
So I called that number, I had a terrible time understanding what this man said as he had a rather heaving South African accent. He claimed that all I had to do was deposit the check into my account and then call them back when it cleared they would then send the rest of the money to me, I also had another person listen to this guy on the phone asking this man questions, and again told to deposit the check. That was all I had to do, no hidden fees, etc. I checked the internet to see if the sponser - Staples - had an address in Framingham MA. they do.
I checked to see if Freedom Financial Service existed. it's address is in Canada, couldn't find anything. I showed this check and letter to a number of freiends and associates from various backgrounds and education, they all thought that this check looked real and that everything looked legitimate to them.
I then took this to my bank to get their opinion of this check. They were very skeptical and told me to contact the states attorney. I thought I would do one last internet search to see if the bank on the check was reputable, some differences occured. the name of the bank didn't match exactly to the address shown. this is when I went back to google and searched Freedom Financial Trust and lo and behold. the Ripoff Report pops up. dud. wow.
these scam artists are getting better all the time. please be aware.