I received a letter in the mail from SweepStakes Processing Commission stating that was titled: Subject Award / 3rd Grand Prize. The letter stated that after numerous attempts to reach me by phone they decided to write to inform me about winning. The prize amount was for $100,000.
Enclosed in the letter was a check in the amount of $3,841.83. The check is an official looking check with thumb print and water print markings. The letter stated: "Your clearance / processing fee in calculated based on the winning and is required by the federal and international law a total of $3,642.73. These fees will be entirely covered by the Sweepstakes Clearing Commission House. This check covers insurance, handling, duty and taxes fees as well.
According to federal and international laws "it is strictly forbidden to use this money for any other reason then paying your clearing / processing fees." Once these fees are paid in full you will receive your winnings by certified mail within 2 business day's.
I first became leery of the letter after noticing several typo's in the mail. The first thing I did was scan Rip off reports to see if there was something on there. Then I called the number on the letter and left a VM for them to contact me. Today, I did more internet searches to find info on either business name (one of letter and one on check). I could not find anything to match either address (second address listed below). So I called Wachovia Bank, National Association in Chapel Hill, NC to find out if this was an official check.
The CS representative I spoke with said that the account was noted and flagged stating that it was a fraudulent Sweepstakes / lottery and for me not to cash the check. She said that they were making their money by consumers depositing their checks, sending off the money before the check actually cleared, then the check would come back costing the consumer to pay the bank fees and the monies sent to claim the prize.
The business name on the front of the check is: Alsco, 3101 Poplarwood Ct. Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27604.