• Report: #506421

Complaint Review: Reader's Digest Claims Services

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  • Submitted: Thu, October 08, 2009
  • Updated: Fri, October 09, 2009

  • Reported By: JP1984 — Shenandoah Virginia USA
Reader's Digest Claims Services
118 W Charnwood St Tyler, Texas United States of America

Reader's Digest Claims Services Steve Marks - Director of Claims, Derek Spelling Reader's Digest Sweepstakes-Claims Services mailed me a FRAUDULANT letter saying I was their 3rd PRIZE WINNER of $65,000.00 Tyler, Texas

*Consumer Comment: Did you even enter a sweepstakes?!

*Consumer Comment: You should have been very suspicious..

*Consumer Suggestion: Sorry, but you've been HAD!

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Received a letter from the Reader's Digest, Claims Services congratulating me as their 3rd Prize Winner of $65,000.00 in their annual Sweepstakes. Letter had a claim number in top right-hand corner and barcode at the bottom. A $3049.75 check was enclosed with the letter for clearing/processing fees.

Steve Marks, Director of Claims, was the name signed at the bottom along with phone #: 514-649-7098. When calling my assigned Representative, he gave me directions to deposit check into my account. After 4 days I withdrew $2850.00 and sent via Western Union to a Derek Spelling (a member of their accounting dept.)  in Quebec, Canada. Western Union fee of $190 made a total of $3,049.00.

The check came back from the bank the following day because they were unable to locate the account at Chase Manhattan Bank, NY

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 10/08/2009 02:24 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Readers-Digest-Claims-Services/Tyler-Texas-75701/Readers-Digest-Claims-Services-Steve-Marks-Director-of-Claims-Derek-Spelling-Readers-506421. 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 Comment

Did you even enter a sweepstakes?!


My first question is, did you enter a Reader's Digests contest?  I'm guessing you didn't.  Why wouldn't you question how you won a contest you weren't aware of, let alone, never entered?  And why would you need to deposit a check from this company into your account, and have to send a Western Union payment to the same company?  Why wouldn't they just transfer the money from one office to the other?  Why were you even involved in that transaction?  Sounds fishy, now, doesn't it?!  This sweepstakes, as well as Steve Marks & Derek Spelling are non-existent.  You just made a scammer very happy.
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#2 Consumer Comment

You should have been very suspicious..

AUTHOR: Ronny g - (USA)

If you won a sweepstakes wouldn't you think they would either deliver the winnings and photograph it for press...or have you go to an office to collect your winnings. Why would any sweepstakes have you depositing and sending funds back and forth..I would think if they had "your" $65,000, surely they don't need you to send them smaller amounts..right?

But live and learn..you are not the first to be taken by this scam.it's an oldie.

One thing that gets me though...you state "the check came back the following day because they couldn't locate the account"...so they had the check for 5 days? Why would it take your bank so long to determine the check was bogus in the first place? I know if I accept a check I run it through a reader..either it is good or it is not..I know instantly, that's the beauty of living in the information age. Unless the scammers had a legitimate account and they closed it down right after you made the deposit..do you know why the bank accepted that check?

It is possible the bank took no measures to protect your account and your money, even if I was foolish enough to fall for a scam...I would be very upset if my bank accepted bogus checks too.
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#3 Consumer Suggestion

Sorry, but you've been HAD!

AUTHOR: Robert - (USA)

You have been had by scammers (not the business listed on the bogus check.)

This scam has been around for over a decade!

Unfortunately, your bank will hold you accountable for the funds.

You should contact the FBI and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to make criminal fraud complaints.

I'm sorry you fell for this, but the likelihood of your recovering the funds is slim to none.  These scammers constantly move about and use disposable cell phones.  They have taken your money and moved on.

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