I also recieved a letter from 'jc financial group' stating that I won $39,000 in a second category lottery drawing. I knew something was up. Who sends you a check to pay 'applicable Tax'?
It started of by saying' ---->
We wish to noyify you of the release of the Consumer's Reward Program Lottery held on May 16, 2008. Your name, attached to ticket number 949130 drew the lucky nimber of 3,7,11,15,23,28,36 and 49 which ultimately WON the lottery in the second category. "" <-----
I received the letter in the mail on Saturday June 27, 2008 from J C FINANCIAL GROUP Consumer Rewards Program, stating I won a lottery in the second category from Consumer's Rewards Program Lottery held on May 16, 2008. A check for $3950 was enclosed made payable to me drawn on Citi Bank New Castle Delaware sayin in order to facilitate speedy and hassle free processing of my claim the deducted the $3,950 from my total prize to enable me to pay for the applicable tax. It stated I would receive a lump sum of $39,000, in which was selected randomly through Consumer database directory system, drawn from a pool size of 98,000 customers provided by various department and chain stores and other service institutions across North America. Signed by a Sara Dose Vice President. Stating ALL PRIZES MUST BE CLAIMED BY JULY 11, 2008
The letter instructed me to keep this award from public notice for security reasons until my claims have been finalized to help them prevent fraud and double claims and to contact Chuck Lee or Gloria Vincent at 905-598-6604 as soon as I receive the notification to assist in finalizing my claim. I called the number & was instructed by a woman who said she was 'Gloria' to deposit this check and as soon as it cleared to call them on for further instructions. I asked her how they got my info & exactly how I won. She said my numbers were chosen from a drawing. I asked, 'What drawing/Lottery, she stated they were a rewards program that does drawings for Walmart and Lowes..etc.
I was suspicious immediately so at first I contacted my bank and they were skeptable about it. So I contacted another bank and gave them the check for further investigation and then I researched/Googled JC Financial Group/Consumer Rewards Program/Sara Dose/Gloria Vincent/Chuck Lee and the address on the envelope online. I found that all this was a scam and found the exact same story from another victim on Rip Off Report.com amd Scams.com.
My envelope and stamp were from Canada, Business address from Buffalo, NY and check from New Castle Delaware.
I reviewed the company and the only thing I found were negatives and this website confirming that this company, J C Financial Group is a fraud. The checks that the other folks received and the letter were almost identical. I was truly disappointed because I needed that money. How cruel is it that people try to take advantage of others. They need to work for their money the right way--just like I do.
I don't understand why they can't find or arrest these people. Another thing that alerted me that this couldn't be real was the envelope. An actual stamp was put on the envelope, which is very strange for a company wouldn't you say. It also looks like it came from France. It says 'from anywhere to anyone--De partout jusqu'a vous', with a post mark of 080624 02:50 L8E 2R0 094. I don't think the company is in the US at all either as stated by other victims.
Protect yourself if unsure have your bank or police dept. check out the legitimacy of the check and company.
I would love to find out who this really is. In our area we are pretty well informed as well on these types of scams. When something looks to good to be true it normally is.
Thank goodness for web sites like these to make it so simple to find out the truth.
Very Pissed Off and Frustrated
Manchester, New Hampshire