I Just received a letter in the mail with a $4500.00 check enclosed made out to me with my address. Looks like it was signed by Grover Cleveland! It's a Bank of America check from Old Navy LLC at 850 Cherry Avenue, San Bruno, CA 94066.
The letter said that they "are pleased to bring this official notice which confirms that you are a 2nd prize winner in the second category of the USA Mega (under the international Sweepstake) draw held on NOVEMBER 11, 2010. The serial number 5928549 attached to your name matched the first five lucky winning numbers 11-25-31-37-49 and subsequently won US $450,000.00 (FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS)."
"Prime financial Services has been assigned by the international sweepstake organization to inform the winners and pay them off their winnings. Payment will be made by a CERTIFIED CHECK, which will be delivered by our special courier company.
Enclosed is a check in the amount of US $4,500.00 which is provided to help you pay the tax of non-resident and this is payable to your tax agent.
TAX AMOUNT: $3,860.00 US DOLLARS.
You are advised to contact your claims agent: Mark Martins @ 011-34-634-143-288 Monday-Friday:9am - 6pm and Saturdays 9am-1pm to start your claims agent to avoid cases of misappropriation and mishandling of prize monies."
"We are very pleased and excited for you.
"Please Sign and detach to give to our representatvie after you receive your check of $450,000.00"
"Yes, I am the person mentioned on the check and my name, address and personal information is correct.
Yes, Iam the person mentioned on the check but my personal information is not correct.
First Name:...................Last Name:...............
Please sign here................................
Global Offices: USA, Germany, Hong-Kong, Ecuador, South Africa, UK, and SPAIN"
Folks, I could tell immediately that this was fraud because the envelope had a Portugal postage stamp on it with NO return address, (which as of 9-11 should not have been able to make it to my mail box!! Way to go Homeland Security!) Also, I don't see Portugal as being one of their global offices! Also, the address at the top of the letter under the company name is in Canada (also not in any of their Global locations!) The enclosed check is from a US company (Old Navy LLC, which I am pretty darn sure they are not a LLC and besides, I thought Prime Financial Services was the company paying me!) The best part is that the check is it is signed by one of our former US Presidents, Grover Cleveland!!! These are just a few of the obvious signs that anyone with half a brain would look at and SHOULD question!!! Yes, the check looks as authentic as they get. Are there other people in the world with the name Grover Cleveland? Most likely. But from what I have read from other similar reports, other checks were signed by other dead presidents. Don't even try cashing this check either. You will end up giving your account information to these scam artists as well as get dinged by your bank for the amount of the check plus numerous other charges.