Yesterday when I retrieved my Saturday mail a white envelope, sans a return address, caught my attention. I sat down and opened this mysterious envelope first and was shocked at what was within, a check for the sum of $4,789.00 made out to yours truly. WOW, I said to myself, this is too good to be true.
For a fleeting moment I pondered what I would do with this newfound wealth, as I was informed I had won $500,000, and the check was meant to cover the expenses of receiving my winnings.
After running a search for Publishers Sweepstakes Commission the truth came out, I’m still an hourly worker for the Los Angeles Times, this is just another scam.
Here’s how this scam runs, you deposit the check into your bank account, after calling the company, and send them a check for $2,900, sounding fishy yet? They will cash your check before the check that arrived in the mail and was deposited into your account is rejected. Instead of being rewarded this large amount of cash, you will be taken for a large amount of cash, so beware.
Below is a copy of the check, and the letter in verbatim that accompanied the check. Here's what a Google search returns.
PUBLISHERS SWEEPSTAKES COMMISSION
September 15, 2008
928 ALLEGANY CIR
SAN DIMAS CA 91773
We are delighted to announce your name as the grand prizewinner of the Publishers Sweepstakes Draw. Your total winning is five hundred twenty two thousand dollars ($522,000) in USD funds. Congratulations!
The Publishers Sweepstakes Registry will make all necessary arrangements in order for you to receive your prize. Please contact your agent Mr. Christain Galloway without any delay at :
1-866-403-1093 ext 1 ............ Confirmation number QK8UP
A four thousand seven hundred and eighty nine dollar ($4,789_ check is included to pay all fees. Please contact Christain Galloway before deposting the check. We strongly advice you to keep your confirmation number and prize confidential. This is for safety and security purposes. This prize may be revoked if not claimed within ten business days of receipt of this letter.
Our business hours are from Monday to Friday, 10:00am to 6:00pm Eastern Standard Times.
Chief Financial Officer