They sent me a check for $4,850.00 that was fraudulent (checked with the bank listed on the check, JP Morgan Chase). Told me that I had won $125,000 and this check was to cover "Non Resident Government Tax and Disbursement Fee which total ($3,100).
The letterhead listed an address in Canada, which is where the postage on the envelope states the origination was. However, the check listed an address in Tennessee.
Here is the text of the letter:
We are pleased to advice you that you are a winner in the second category of our annual Sweepstakes and Lottery Draw held on April 21st, 2009. This winning was a result of the use of the credit card/bank card purchase, magazine subscription and /internet gaming entries; further details will be made available to you later.
All participants were selected through and electronic random name poll "NDBCS" (NAME DATA BASE COMPUTER BALLOT SYSTEM), this is a secure database and can only be accessed by authorized companies like NAGCS and other accredited lottery and government agencies.
You are therefore entitled to the sun of $125,000.00 (One Hundred and Twenty Five Thousand Dollars) payable to you by Bank Draft, certified check. Or wire transfer. In accordance with the Sweepstakes and Lottery Commission policy, your prize money has been forwarded to our Clearing/ disbursement institution to release same to you.
Consequently, enclosed is a check for $4,850.00 (Four Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty Dollars) deducted from your winning. Please deposit the check in your account.
The purpose of this check is to assist you pay for the Non Resident Government Tax and disbursement fee which total ($3,100.00). A final payment of $120.150.00 US Dollars will be issued to you after your winning had been processed, To avoid unnecessary delays, remember to quote your claim number in all your correspondence with our office.
DAVID MOORE AT 1-416-829-2548 email: email@example.com Monday to Friday 8am to 5:30pm EST Saturday 10am-3:00pm EST. For further instructions on how to claim your winning.
Please do not act on this notice until you speak to your claim agent.