• Report: #1109541

Complaint Review: Citi Financial

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  • Submitted: Mon, December 23, 2013
  • Updated: Mon, December 23, 2013

  • Reported By: Lou S — Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Citi Financial
1901 Ulmerton Road Clearwater, Florida USA

Citi Financial Request of overseas payment for purported sweeptakes win of $ 50,000. Clearwater Florida

*Consumer Suggestion: Trash the Check

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 Citi Financial, a "Financial Express Company" sent me a letter- the envelope comes from England with no return address- stating that I won $ 50,000. They sent a check for $ 2,400 supposedely issued by the " Mercury Insurance Group" [no way to know whether the Mercury Insurance Group has anything to do with it or not] and asking to contact their phone number. The payment is supposedely part of a $ 50,000 won in "consumer promotion draw". They ask to deposit the check, then send them a $ 980 "tax clearance fee" that non residents are supposed to pay, as the draw took place in the UK.  The funny thing- the letter is signed by a "Mrs. Elizabeth James", but the signature reads something like "N. T. Anant" , and the same signature is on the check. I saw another report of the same scam on ripoff report- I am not sure what to do with the fake check. If the Mercury Insurance Group is not involved, this is something they should know. On the other hand, I have no way to know what is going on.


This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 12/23/2013 08:09 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Citi-Financial/Clearwater-Florida-33762/Citi-Financial-Request-of-overseas-payment-for-purported-sweeptakes-win-of-50000-Cle-1109541. 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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#1 Consumer Suggestion

Trash the Check

AUTHOR: IrishFutbol - ()

 Just throw out what you received.  The check is fake and will eventually bounce at the bank.  The whole point of the scam is to turn a fake check into real money.  "Citi Financial" (fake company) sends you a fake check, asking you to cash it then return a portion of it back to them.  They hope to trick you into thinking that you've made $2,400, and can make another $47,600 just by sending a portion of the $2,400 back.  However, what eventually happens is that a few days after cashing the $2,400 check, your bank will tell you that the $2,400 check bounced.  In the end, you'll just be out the $980 that you send back to "Citi Financial".

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