This is an outrage, I had doubts from the beginning because i REALLY , never win anything.
I have participated in PCH internet games in the past and this did not seem inconceivable however.
The one page letter and check came in a plain envelope, postmarked D8D829 DD 1D M4L 3TD D57, WWW.CANADAPOST.CA, WWW.POSTESCANADA.CA
No return address was listed on the envelope.
The check is for 4,850.00
The company name on the far left upper corner is as follows: DITAN DISTRIBUTION, 1400 E. LACKAWANNA AVENUE, OLYPHANT PA, 18448.
ditan distribution appears to be an actual company but there is not one in lackawanna PA.
the address for the issuing bank is incomplete ON THE UPPER RIGHT OF THE CHECK. JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. , COLUMBUS, OH <-- THAT'S ALL IT SAYS . NO ADDRESS OR ZIP.
the check number is posted at the top right corner as 1639.
account number for the issued check is : 001639 044000037 750537755. There is a water mark looking backing that reads DocuGard 12 times in various locations on the back of the check.
I found that suspicious becuase guard shoud have a u in it and it would be nothing to have added one but the thieves didn't do that. Also it doesn't really seem like much of a water mmark as it does some kind of florescent yellowish ink.
the check is stamped rather than signed - the stamped sig reads (To the best of my abilty) A Bany Cauip <-- appears to be cut off after the P. could be A barry Caurip i dunno it just looks phony and not readable to where it makes sense.
The Check appears real however, at first glance and even second and third.
The Letter is a one page letter.
The header on the letter reads: PRIZE AMERICA. PO BOX 7660 LAS VEGAS NV 30003
I looked this zip code up and it is a Georgia zip code. I think it is norfolk.
it goes on to say PCH.COM
PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE.
BATCH NUMBER: 499xxx
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today aug 27, 2008, winners of the year end USA mega/millions/pch draws (also known as the "BIG GAME"). USA's biggest multi- state lottery.
the numbers drew 08-22-40-44 mega Ball is 11 and as a result matched 5 (five) numbers in the second category for a 75,000.00 prize. (SEVENTY FIVE THOUSAND US DOLLARS) Congratulations for winning the sum od 75,000.00 You will receive another check in a few days.
your co-operation is mandatory and is meant to satisfy all official laws and protocol as mandated by federal and state regulations on gambling winnings.
since this is the final notice, all prize money must be claimed no later than SEPTEMBER 25, 2008. Any claim not made before this date will be returned to the USA MEGA MILLION JACKPOT. Your prize has been insured to its total value and will be transferred when Int'l requirements are met. Legal and administrative fees have been financed with the enclosed check for 4,850.00. These fees are mandatory and are to satisfy official laws and Income Tax Protocols as mandated by the U.S Government.
Please call your accounts manager. LINDA PARKER immediatly after receiving this official notification to activate your check and start the claim process:
customer service 1-416-839-8327
says frank Thomas at the bottom
Vice president of PRIZE AMERICA
his signature is a copy and it does not say Frank Thomas.
it looks more like juli beRaullr or something like that, also appears to be a feminine writing - perhaps ole frank is a Pole Smoker on top of being a scammer.
when you call the number it says the voice box is full. i assume that's the way It will be until they get around to opening shop and then the real scam arrives.
i assume that you have to deposit the 4850.00 and then send them some dough, by the time you find out the 4850 is fake, you have already sent the money they requested for the other 70,000.00.
makes me wonder how many people a day send them thousands of dollars and why no police are arresting them.
I never win anything