The International Lottery Commission sent me a letter, that I received on June 17, that said:
A drawing held on the 29th May 2008 and the result came out on the June 4th 2008. My name attached to ticket number 015-11-464-850 with serial number 2113-06 drew the lucky number 07-15-25-31-34-47 which consequently won the national lottery. I had "won" a lump sum payout of $420,000.00 United States Dollars. In cash credited to REF. NO: MA/0051256003/2008 and CLAIM NO: 4462612008. This was from a total cash prize of $2,940,000.00 shared among 7 (seven) International winners in this category. CONGRATULATIONS!!! My "fund" is now deposited with a BANK insured in my name. Due to a mix up of some number and names, they asked that I keep this award from public notice until my claim has been processed and my money delivered to me through a certified check from an authorized claim agent that is responsible to payout to all the winners, as this is part of their security protocol to avoid double claiming unwarranted taking of advantage of this programs participants. To begin my claim I was instructed to call my claim agent CHARLES COOPER ASSOCIATES. All prize money was to be claimed not later than July 31, 2008 or it would be returned to the International lotter gamming Board as unclaimed money, and would be included in the next draw. I was also to note that 5% of my lottery "winnings" will be paid out to CHARLES COOPER ASSOCIATES. The 5% will be remitted after I have received my money because this money is already insured in my name.They took the liberty to include the amount of $4,700.00 from my winnings to help me pay for the processing fee of $2,920.00 US Dollars. THE CHECK LOOKS AUTHENTIC!!!
I had my employer, an attorney in my area, look at the package and he warned that it look fraudulent. I then called the bank name on the check and they immediately knew the name on the check (F.H Paschen/S.N Nielsen & Associates). They confirmed that the check is fraudulent and that I needed to report this claim immediately.
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