• Report: #389317
Complaint Review:

UBI Payment Services - TMF

  • Submitted: Sat, November 08, 2008
  • Updated: Sun, November 29, 2009

  • Reported By:Los Angeles California
UBI Payment Services - TMF
C/o TMF Orchard Post Office, PO Box 51, Singapore 912302 UBI Payment Services, Australia

UBI Payment Services - TMF, They have a check for $5,000.00/100 they want me to authorize to deliver to my address. Robina Town Centre

*General Comment: suspicious letter tmf

*Consumer Suggestion: Looks like they are running out of fake checks

*Consumer Comment: It is suspicious, not sure if I would trust it.

*Consumer Comment: "Listed Over"

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I was sent a notice instructing me to sign a form and send it back to the Australia address. This would authorize UBI Payment Services to send me a check in the amount of $5,000.00/100. They included a payment number. I had to sign a "release form", solve a very simple puzzle, state that I wished to claim the check, confirm and authorize them to deliver the check to my home address which is on the form, and to "sign below" in order "to accept official contest rules listed over". These contest rules are not "listed over" and I cannot help wondering just what I was "realeasing" them to be able to do. There is a payment number and a check ID number. What intrigues me, as an old Brit is the spelling of the word check. Australia spells the word check the English way and they have spelled it the American way. They include a flimsy, air mail envelope for me to send this release back to Australia but I am wondering why their outer envelope has a return address in Singapore.There is a signature at the bottom of the cover letter and the designation "Accounting Department". I am tempted to send a discrete letter to them with neither their form nor my signature on anything. What really makes me angry is that some gullible person would gladly send in the form, duly signed, only to discover something terrible happening to their finances.

Los Angeles, California

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#1 General Comment

suspicious letter tmf

AUTHOR: maduke - (United States of America)

I have intuitive feeling that these people are working with tax collectors  to snatch those that may have avoided taxes in the past by some creative way . I noted they wanted  letter returned if undelivered---i can only think why to that????---I smell a rat-  if your diirty-----stay away----maduke 
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#2 Consumer Suggestion

Looks like they are running out of fake checks

AUTHOR: Dave - (Canada)

Instead of just sending out bogus checks, and hoping they get people to send them anonymous free cash via Western Union, they are sending out letters first.
"Do you want to receive a bogus check so we can scam you?"

It's interesting that they single out Texas and Florida to try to make it look legit. They are following some laws so people might think they are obeying all of them. Canadians who are familiar with contests wouldn't fall for that one because it doesn't mention Quebec which has it's own rules and regulations.

I would guess that before the 5,000 check arrives, there are some "taxes" to take care of. They are running the scam without even using a fake check, there's just a pretend check.
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#3 Consumer Comment

It is suspicious, not sure if I would trust it.

AUTHOR: Michelle - (U.S.A.)

My husband received the same letter and he asked me if I thought it was a scam. Well, ofcourse the first thing out of my mouth was "I'm sure it is!". So, I thought I would look it up. That is when I found your report. I had to laugh when I told my husband that there were no contest rules. He laughed and said that there was, and that they were on the back. I corrected him and showed him the back of the letter. Well if you look really hard, I mean really hard you will see the ever so faint writing. Also, it states that you have to submit a correct puzzle and that this is a game of skill not luck. There is no puzzle. At leased we did not get that part. I am very leary and agree with you. I say "Beware!".

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#4 Consumer Comment

"Listed Over"

AUTHOR: Trussell - (U.S.A.)

The writing on the opposite side is very light and took me several minutes to be able to read it. The part that concerns me is the "must provide copy of passport or identification" Here it is in full:

Official contest rules

This contest of skill is open to legal U.S. and Canadian residents (except residents of Florida) and residents of other countries. Void in Florida and where prohibited by law. This contest will not be mailed into Texas. You must be 18 years or older to participate.

The sponsors employees, or members of their immediate family, agents or any other person who is connected with the creation or administration of this contest are not eligible to win. The $5,000.00 Grand Prize in this contest is subject to all federal, state, and local regulations.

By entering this contest, the contestants will be deemed to have read and understood these rules and to be bound by them and by any other requirement set out in any related promotional material. All contestants must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this contest. This contest may consist of a number of varying presentations sponsored by Windsor-Morgan & Parker. Only those contestants notified by mail will be eligible.

No purchase, payment or contribution necessary to enter or win. This contest of skill is not a lottery, game of chance, sweepstakes or gambling. There is no luck or chance involved. There is a substantial degree of skill necessary to win the $5,000.00 Prize. All contestants must submit the correct final tiebreaker puzzle to win. Additional tiebreakers may be necessary to decide a winner if contestants have tied scores. The additional tiebreakers commence 60 days prior to the deadline date. The sponsor is not responsible for entries which are lost, stolen or delayed by mail. Multiple entries per contestant are accepted.

The final tiebreaker must be received by December 30, 2008 deadline date. The $5,000.00 Prize will be paid within 30 days from the deadline date. The winner will be notified at the address given in the contact details. The winner will be required to send a copy of their passport or identification to the Sponsor to confirm their age and identity. Acceptance of the $5,000.00 Prize by the winner gives the Sponsor the right to use the winners name for promotional purposes, both immediately after their win and in the future, unless prohibited by law. No contestant can win more than $5,000.00.

Participation to this contest of skill constitutes automatic acceptance of all conditions set out in these rules.

Sponsored by Windsor-Morgan & Parker, PO Box 4805, Robina Town Centre QLD 4230, Australia.

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