Lotto Scam! Please do not... whatever you do.. deposit the check received from this company or other without checking with BBB or websites like this. Too many friends and loved ones have been scammed. This scam?.....
Very exciting and legitamate sounding letter received from FreeLotto Finanical Inc, Group of Publishers Sweepstakes, 20070 Willowbrook Dr, Langley, B CV2Y 2X2; Letter claims they are "International Promotions/ Prize Award Dept" and will claim the letter is the FINAL notice as they've been trying to reach you by phone. The letter will state that your name was attached to ticket # and a serial number, and announce you won the first category of $85,000!
It tells you to call the number within 3 wks, prior to cashing check enclosed for $2,950 to confirm you received. Check is from AON Service Corp, 200 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601. 866-472-9504.
It then says 10% will be deducted from cash prize.......
I called and finally got through, Vanessa Vassalo obviously read from a script as she explained that they were affiliated with Publishers Clearinghouse, theres no strings attached, legally your the winner, se understands your cautious and aware of all the scams, but thisis not one of them, etc. She even told me to be sure to get a T13 form to report the winnings when filing your taxes. She explained the 10% was $2,710 and was law through customs to be paid when you win over $10,000. The difference would be delivered via UPS in the amount of $82,050 in certified cashiers check, US funds. UPS would need the letter as theres a barcode on it he will match it and check your photo ID. The math let alone the whole thing, didn't jive to me, so I kept asking Vanessa more questions, she placed me on hold every time. Apparently this was a taped conversation as well. Once I asked for the third time to please clarify why exactly I received a check for $2,950 and what happens with it, she hung up on me. Oh, she also asked how long my bank usually takes to clear my checks. I tried calling back on different #'s, blocked #'s, over 9 times and never got through again. I guess I got lucky Vanessa felt like answering the phone today. The letter directed to call Ms. Cindy Kleeman, never talked to her.
The check was legit, and payable by Northern Trust Bank of Chicago, IL, I also contacted them as well.
I would have never deposited this in my own bank account, but was curious as to their scam, so I called. I was shocked with the answers she had and worry about people out there that fall for it and deposit the check opening their accounts literally to these creeps!!!!!!!! Pass this info on and help protect the good people left out there!
Tired of scams!
Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey