I received a letter stating I won a Global Foundation Lotto held in Dublin, Ireland. It was in the third category shared among 18 international winners. My numbers were 02-13-23-29-43.
My prize total was supposed to be 120,000. A sponsor's check of 2975.00 was enclosed. I was then instructed to send 2840.00 of that when the check cleared to a designated North American agent.
I was told for security reasons not to share this information with anyone until my prize was sent to me. My claim "agent" was Jerry Smith (nice fake name Mr. Smith!) from Excel Financiers at Stonewood Ave, Suite 405 SK. What kind of bogus address is that anyway?
The number to reach Mr. Smith at was 1-306-351-1793. The check for 2975.00 was so real, in fact it had a real bank's name on it-First California Bank and the company listed on the check was It's A Blast, Incorporated P.O Box 941778 Simi Valley, CA 93094- real company too.
I did deposit the check, just to see how far this would go. The day after I deposited it, I did some research and got the phone number for It's A Blast Incorporated and called them. They told me that these checks are not valid and that 100's of them are circulating across the U.S. and the numbers on the bottom of the check are not their account. The letter was post marked from Canada.
Lucky for me, I did that research and the only thing I'm out is a $10 fee for depositing a fraudulant check. I called Mr. Smith back and played along with the scam for a few minutes. I told him the check cleared and asked what my next step was. He was very excited. Ha Ha, jokes on you buddy. I told him I gave all the information to my local FBI agency and good luck with his scam.
Unfortunately, there are people out there that will just forward the money in hope that they will receive the big prize. Please be careful and don't fall for these surprise winnings!
Center Valley, Pennsylvania