Lottery / Check Cashing Scam
How the scam works
Here is another example of the fake check cashing lottery scam,
going under the oh-so-creative name, "International Sweepstake". Here's how it
The scammer sends a victim an letter saying you won a
The scammer encloses a very real-looking check (or cheque).
It is actually a counterfeit, fake, fraud, scam; but not a legal, valid
check! You can go to this website and
verify the routing number on the check and get the bank's phone number, then
call the bank to verify that the account is real and the check is real.
The scammer instructs the victim to cash the check and use
the money to pay taxes, handling fees or whatever by sending a Western Union
or Money Gram to the processing representative, tax authority (but always
one of the scammer, just using a different name, address, email address
and/or phone number)
Western Union / Money Grams are irretrievable, meaning once
you send it, the money is GONE. However, the check they sent you won't
bounce until days or weeks later, and you are stuck with the full bill, and
possible criminal charges for passing a bad check, forgery, fraud or worse.
Here is a recent example:
-----Original Message from a victim ----- Sent: Thursday, February 01,
2007 10:01 PM
My father received a letter in the mail with a postmark from Toronto, Canada
with a check in it. The address on the inside letter is Department V90-146-A2
5300 Commerce Court West 199 Bay Street Toronto, M5L 1B9 The body of the letter
is as follows: International Sweepstake."
The check enclosed had the name "ASCAP" on it, with an address of
One Lincoln Plaza
New York, New York 10023
I did a google search and found ASCAP and it is "The American Society of
Composers, Authors and Publishers." Thank you in advance for checking into this.
And here is the email the victim received:
Notice the many misspellings, which we highlighted:
You have been declared a lucky winner of the International Sweepstake.
You claim number has been assigned to our North American claim affiliate
with a serial Number: XXXX-XXX-XXX which consequently put you in the
winner's prize list. You are therefore entitled to claim the sum of
$50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand US Dollars)
Enclosed in this letter is a ceck
of $2,950.00 which was deducted from your winning. This enable you pay your
government applical taxes on
your big winning. The tx amount is $2,700.00 to be paid through WESTERN
UNION OR MONEY GRAM in your location.
Your prize award money has been forwarded to our
claring disbursement agency
with the instructions to release your funds a day after all clearance has
been made to help us proceed with your claims, this information must be kept
away from publicity to avoid unwarranted abuse of the
probram or any fraudulent act
from auathorised individual.
In accordance with our disbursement policy, any person who makes a false
representation or attempt to fila
a false claim will be prosecuted
unter the full extent of the International laws. The winning
processing agency reserveds
the right to report such information to federal taxing authorities as may be
required by law.
In order to avoid unnecessary delays in processing your payment, contact
the Processing agency Immediately and speak to your assigned claim
repersentative Mr. Randy J.
Collins at telephone Number 1-647-829-6176
(Allens signature is here)
ALLEN H. CLIFFORD. (CLAIMS DIRECTOR)
"Enclosed in this notification letter is a check of $2950.00 which was
deducted from your winning. This enables you pay your government taxes.
International Chase Manhattan Bank USA, N.A. Wilmington, DE 19801
Names of Scam / Fake / Fraud Lottery
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