Letter I received on 8/22/08 stated:
Financial Services, Inc
171 Main Street
Brandon, Manitoba, Canada R8A 6E8
AUGUST 20, 2008
Claim number MFS - 187-2008-177
We are pleased to advise you that you are one of the winners in the "COMPENSATION DRAW" organized for all consumers in conjunction with the SWEEPSTAKES ASSOCIATEION OF NORTH AMERICA.
An ENTRY SLIP with the serial number 732175 is attached to your name and drew the lucky winning numbers 77-84-88-12-88.
You are entitled to the sumer of US $250,000.00 (two hundred and fifty thousand dollars) Payable to you by CERTIFIED CHECK and will be delivered to you by a courier company (Fed Ex or UPS) You are therefore advised to contact your claims agents:
David Brown and Sara Wallace 1 778-895-4577
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm (Pacific Standard Time).
Enclosed is a check of US $4560.00 Which you will use to pay the Non Resident Government services tax (GST) payable to you tax agen by MONEY GRAM as stated below.
TAX AGENT: Carla WIlson
177 Main Street
Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
TAX AMOUNT: $3865.00 us dollars
PAYMENT METHOD: Money Gram
In order to acto upon this letter you must contact your claims agent first.
**************** DO NOT DO WHAT THE LETTER SAYS!!***********
Don't even call! They already have your name and home address, DO NOT GIVE THEM A TRACEABLE PHONE NUMBER as well!
What scares me the most is the fake check (with a terrible cut and paste job through PAINT of the Maaco logo) has the bank I used for my student loans! AND, the city the "Maaco Enterprises, Inc" is in a city I visited frequently in Pennsylvania! How do these people know all this information about me?
PLEASE, PLEASE, if you would have really won a sweepstakes, NO COMPANY IN THEIR RIGHT MINDS would send you a check by standard mail in a regular envelope with out a return address. You would have been contacted in different ways and a certified letter would have come delivering you the check. DO NOT CASH THE CHECK! AND DO NOT MAIL THEM THE "TAXES"!
As somone already stated, they are probably terrorists getting our money so they can plan their next attack!