Received a letter today regarding "pleased to announce the release of our sweepstake draw held on June 3rd, 2011, etc." and I am "qualified to receive the amount of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($600,000.00US) etc."
I am to contact "JOHN WALLACE" .......at 1-778-323-5962 with your entry claim code", etc.
There are company logo's at the bottom of the letter from Zellers, K Mart, Macy's, Walmart, Target, The Home Depot, Sears and the Better Business Bureau.
The letter is signed by a JOHN MARTINS, Prize Award Administrator with the telephone number of 1-778-323-6788 and the fax number of 1-847-223-4545.
They enclosed a check in the amount of $5,100.49 with the LIBERTY MUTUAL company logo and name at the top of it. Seems to be drawn on a Citibank NA account the the address is in New Castle, Deleware........which i seem to remember is not correct. I thought their main processing office was located in Souex Falls, North Dakota or something like that.
The bank numbers at the bottom of the check are not in the right order, i.e. the check number is first, then a routing number, then the account number. Checks issued in the USA have the Routing number first, account number second and then the check number last. That is reading the number from left to right as the majority of us do.
Knowing it was a scam, just out of curiousity, I call the 1-778-323-5962 number to see if I could guess the originating country of the person answering the telephone or hearing any pre-recorded message, by an accent (I'm pretty good at that!). A person did answer the telephone with a heavy accent that I was not able to distinguish.....I said I had the wrong number and hung up. By the way, phone was answered "International" only.
Well, I threw everything in the trash for burning. My next job was to balance by checking account (on line) so I went ahead and got to that site...........I'm $0.75 off!!! I take a look at the detail and find a $0.75 debit from "International POS" with some other numbers against by checking account!!!
Needless to say, I immediately called by bank and put a hold on my account and now I'm on my way there! And to the Police Station.
Do not be an idiot like me and call any of the phone numbers or fax numbers these people provide!!
How they got access to my checking account, either directly or thru my debit card.......I do not know, but they did. BEWARE BEWARE BEWARE