I received a letter and check in the mail. The letter is from Golden Financial Trust from the office of F. Collin, (Vice President Finance). The address was given as 5678 Church Street, Saint John, NB, Canada V9K 2Y6 with the phone number 1-778-316-9273. The letter was dated 21th August, 2008 instead of 21st.
The letter claimed that I was a winner in the 'CONSUMER PROMOTION DRAW' organized for all the major stores in the USA and Canada, e.g., Wal-Mart, Sears, Home Depot, Safeway etc. It said I was entitled to a check for $250,000.00 payable to me by CERTIFIED CHECK which will be delivered to me by a courier company (FedEx or UPS).
I was advised to contact the claims agent Susan Williams at 1-604-339-5721 between the hours of 8am to 6pm (Pacific Standard Time) for further instructions on how to claim my big winnings.
There was also enclosed a check (check #29772) in the amount of $4680.00. The check was from JET PLASTICA INDUSTRIES, INC. 1100 Schwab Rd, Hatfield, Pa 19440. It was drawn on PNC Bank, NA, METRO PARK PLAZA, EDSON, NJ 08818. The signature on the check was Woodrow Wilson.
In the letter it explained that this check was for the payment of (NON RESIDENTS)CANADIAN TAX which is applicable to my winnings. They explain that they're sending me this money so that I don't have to put up the money for the taxes myself. They indicate that the tax in the amount of $3970.00 is payable by MONEYGRAM to my tax agent Dora Biggs, 854 9th Avenue, Saint John, NB, Canada. Lastly the letter says 'DO NOT ACT ON THIS LETTER UNTIL YOU SPEAK WITH YOUR CLAIMS AGENT' for advice on how to claim my winnings.
I called Susan Williams at the given number. She took my name and Claim number, then I got a busy signal and then a dial tone, so I called back and did't get an answer after several attempts.. So I called Golden Financial Trust and asked for F. Collin and they told me to call back in a week. Then someone got one the phone a man, he told me call him back when I deposited the check. He also told me not to show this letter to anyone so no one else could double claim it.
Of course, I now see that had I deposited this check Golden Financial Trust would have required payment of the $3970.00 CANADIAN TAX by MONEYGRAM which is guaranteed, before releasing the $250,000.00. They would've gotten their $3970.00, the check for $4680.00 would've been bad sticking me with $3970 plus any fees.