• Report: #391939

Complaint Review: Gateway Financial Inc. And J.L.Coombs

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  • Submitted: Mon, November 17, 2008
  • Updated: Mon, November 17, 2008

  • Reported By:Beaver Iowa
Gateway Financial Inc. And J.L.Coombs
75 Bay Street, Toronto Ontario Canada M3M2J5 & 262 U.S. Route 1, Freeport, ME 04032 Toronto, Ontario Canada

Gateway Financial Inc. And J.L.Coombs Bogus $4900 check DO NOT CASH! Toronto, Ontario, Canada & Freeport, ME Ontario & Maine

*UPDATE Employee: THIS IS A SCAM OPERATED BY THE BOGUS SWEEPSTAKES COMPANY

*Consumer Comment: YOU ARE CORRECT IT IS A SCAM

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I recently recieved a letter informing me that I won $100,000 from the NORTH AMERICAN SWEEPSTAKES. The letter contained a ticket serial number as well as a winning number. It said that they have made many unsuccessful attempts to contact me. I was issued a $4900 check (which was 'part of my winnings') that was ment to pay the taxes on the winnings, which was only $3900. The remainder of the check would be sent to me via UPS, and I should not use this check until I call the claim agent (Mr. David Jones).

So, I did a little research and found this site immediately. I also found that Gate Financial Inc is a real estate agency, but I could not find any contact information for them. I found that J.L. Coombs is a shoe company and there is one in Maine right off U.S. Route 1.(This was who issused the check) I now think that the real culprit is the people posing as the NORTH AMERICAN SWEEPSTAKES.

Rainyday
Beaver, Iowa
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 11/17/2008 10:18 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Gateway-Financial-Inc-And-JLCoombs/Toronto-Ontario-M3M2J5/Gateway-Financial-Inc-And-JLCoombs-Bogus-4900-check-DO-NOT-CASH-Toronto-Ontario-Can-391939. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 UPDATE Employee

THIS IS A SCAM OPERATED BY THE BOGUS SWEEPSTAKES COMPANY

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

I am John Rand, Finance Manager for J.L. Coombs, a respected footwear retailer in Northern New England.

The checks being sent with the sweepstakes promotion are forgeries. They are completely worthless. Do not deposit them or attempt to cash them as you will receive penalty fees when they are returned to your bank.

Do not wire any money to the sweepstakes company.

The sweepstakes is designed to rob you of the money that you send to them by Western Union or some other wire transfer.

This is an old scam ... sending you, the innocent consumer, a fraudelant worthless check and having you send "instant cash" by wire. They will steal that cash. By the time your bank notifies you that the check is worthless, you will be out your wired funds.
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#2 Consumer Comment

YOU ARE CORRECT IT IS A SCAM

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

And they use legitimate company names and banks to appear legitimate - but the addresses do not belong to the REAL Business that goes by those same names.


Fortunately - you had the common sense to check it out first.

A lot of people will never check it out first, then post here only after they realize they have been scammed and lost a lot of money in the process. These are the people least likely to be able to afford to lose any money - never mind several thousand.

Legitimate Lotterys and Sweepstakes will never send part of your winnings to pay taxes or fees with just to have you send it back to them. Those taxes and fees will be paid first then you get the entire winnings.
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