• Report: #370353

Complaint Review: MAACO Financial Services

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  • Submitted: Sat, September 06, 2008
  • Updated: Wed, October 15, 2008

  • Reported By:amesbury Massachusetts
MAACO Financial Services
772 Metro Rd. Brandon, Manatoba, Manitoba U.S.A.

MAACO Financial Services Sent me a letter with a check drawn from PNC Bank out of Phila. for $4,650.00 saying I won $250,000. Brandon,canada Manitoba

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Sent me a letter with a check for $4,650.00 saying I won $250,000. I would have to send a certified check for that amount for "Non resident gvt. service tax"...I believe they get your bank information at that point. I was to call David Brown and Mary Richards. The supposed tax agent was Sara Wallace. I did call the numbers (not thinking) wanted to see where the scam was but the mailbox was full, obviously.

Susan
amesbury, Massachusetts
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 09/06/2008 09:23 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/MAACO-Financial-Services/Brandon-Manatoba-Manitoba-r8a-6e8/MAACO-Financial-Services-Sent-me-a-letter-with-a-check-drawn-from-PNC-Bank-out-of-Phila-f-370353. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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AUTHOR: W. - (U.S.A.)

Please tell me that this is seriously a joke. This type of scam is HUGE and if you haven't figured out by now, it was NOT Maaco Financial that sent you that. I work at a financial institution and come across a great deal of these types of scams, so trust me, I know what I am talking about. Why would anyone in the world offer you money for pennies on the dollar in return? Exactly. As the old saying goes, 'If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is'.

If you are serious, well, if you sent a certified check it would not contain your bank information. The MICR numbers on the bottom of the check are the BANK'S bank account, so there wouldn't be any unauthorized checks on there period, so the money is safe. Now, if you sent them a wire transfer (which is how I run into most of these), than yes, they now have your account number and routing number, which you should change rightaway if you have not already been advised by your bank to do so. The whole scheme is for the check to be deposited, the bank doesn't hold it because the account history doesn't warrant one), the person wires or Wester Union's the money to the person, and eventually the check comes back as bad, and the money is taken back out of the account (and usually written off as a loss by the bank). These happen through mystery shopper programs, foreign lottery winnings, offers of credit, eBay auctions, the list goes on, believe me.

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