Report: #786223

Complaint Review: Hanover Global Financial Group Of Publishers Sweepstakes

  • Submitted: Fri, October 07, 2011
  • Updated: Sat, October 08, 2011
  • Reported By: Kenneth — Lemon Grove California United States of America
  • Hanover Global Financial Group Of Publishers Sweepstakes
    440 Lincoln Street
    Worester, Massachusetts
    United States of America

Hanover Global Financial Group Of Publishers Sweepstakes They sent me a $3,600 dollar check to cash and send a $2,900 fee to them to get the rest of my $195,000 winings Worester, Massachusetts

*Consumer Comment: Scam

*Consumer Comment: advance fee scam

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 I received a letter from Hanover Global Financial Group Of Publishers Sweepstakes reporting that I was a winner in the international promotions/prize sweepstakes lottery program. It was held September 2nd, 2010.  I had won the lottery prize in the third category for $195,000.00. The letter went on to say that they had tried to contact me by phone but were unable to reach me and that the purpose of the letter was to explain how to collect my cash prizze. In order to claim my prize I had to pay fees caculated in the amount of $2,970.00. They enclosed a real check for $3,670.20 andasked that I call to confirm receipt of the letter and check. The number they provided led to a "voice mailbox" I tried several tiumes to call and always got the voice mailbox.  I decided to cash the check and send the fee to the address on the letterhead so that I could collect my prize.  I took the check to a check cashing store and attempted to cash it. The check was from The Hanover American Insurance Company (a real company) drawn on an account at the Deutsche Bank TRUST Company Delaware Washington Delaware. The owner of the check cashing store looked the company up on the internet and called them to verify the check but the company could not verify me as the person to whom the check was written. They needed a claim number because payments are attached to claims. The owner who has known me for years sugested that I let him deposit the check and come back in 5 days to get my money when the check cleared.  The check turned out to be stolen. Since the owner knows me and I showed him the letter that came with the check, he did not report me to the police.  This is a scam that uses real checks so watch out, if I had a standard checking account I would have most likely deposited it and lost $3,670 when the bank returned the check and demanded payment and/or be involved in a police investigation of the stolen check. 
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#1 Consumer Comment


AUTHOR: Diogenes - (USA)

Indeed.  It's hard to believe that there are still people stupid enough to be fooled by this old, old scam.  The OP really needs to wise up and get a life.
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#2 Consumer Comment

advance fee scam

AUTHOR: GeorgeV - (USA)

this is a known scam, whatever you do NEVER western union any money to anyone that you dont know personally. i cant believe you fell for this, just google "advance fee scam".
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