Received the following letter addressed to someone else's name, but addressed to my household. The letter looks professional with a logo, but the English isn't the best and the story is obviously a hoax. The envelope is postmarked from Canada.
Global Edge Inc.
Resource Management, Payment Verification & Grants
2405 Ward Avenue, Ste 202, St. Laurent, Quebec H4M 2A3
Date: August 20, 2008
On behalf of Global Edge Inc. and the Grants Association, we are pleased to announce that your grant in the amount of $35,500.00 USD has been approved. Congratulations!
Your approved documentation was sent to our company by the Grants Commission from the processing office. A thorough and in-depth evaluation was done by our legal department and this leaves you the sole beneficiary of this grant.
This grant is not a loan to you. It can be used to start a small business, pay tuition fees, make a down payment on a home and do housing repairs or to pay medical expenses.
Enclosed is a sponsor's check of $3,960.00 to assist you finance your federal and international clearance fee of $3,700.50. Your clearance fee should be remitted to our designated North America Agent. However, you will receive a total of $35,500.00 minus $5,735.00 (Sponsor's Check and our 5% Commission). Invariably, you will receive a total of $29,765.00. Your agent will give you further details.
Once your payment is confirmed, you will receive a Cashier's Check in the above stated amount within three business days via a certified courier.
Please contact your agent, MONICA JOHNSON, at 514-690-1521 for the processing and release of your grant to you.
Note, all grants must be claimed not later than October 8, 2008. Ensure you contact your agent for the Authorization and Activation of your check.
CONGRATULATIONS! Once more.
Manager, Human Resources
Also enclosed in the envelope was an actual signed check for $3,960.00 with all security features verifiable. It is made payable to the incorrect name and my address. I'm sure the check would bounce were it to be cashed. Oddly enough, the check is addressed from:
Western Paper Distributors
P.O. Box 17425
Denver, CO 80217-7425
The bank on the check is UMB Bank Colorado.
While I probably will not pursue calling the FBI about this scam, I did want to provide this information in hopes that nobody else will fall for this.
Polk City, Iowa