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2006-07-10 16:19:43 -
The internet is full of these scams - don't get caught - the check is never good and you are liable. My check is from the North American Sweepstakes - Evergreen American Corp (Evergreen AmericA Corp is a very large legitimate business with NO affiliation) and the check bears that business' correct address but the phone numbers are Canadian. I have notified the federal government, but, it looks like this is an international matter and very difficult to police. According to the US Treasury Anti-Fraud Division you should do the following:

"419 Advanced Fee Schemes

A 419 Scheme is named after Section 419 of the Nigerian Penal Code. This is one of the classic con artist schemes originating out of Nigeria and other countries via letter, fax or e-mail. The originator of the document will offer to transfer a large sum of money into your personal bank account for various reasons (sale of goods, estate monies, found monies, contest/lottery winners). They will request personal information about you such as your address, telephone number, bank account number, copies of your passport and driver's license. You will then receive a number of documents back from them as well as a request to transfer money to their account in order to process the transaction.

If you receive such a document via facsimile or email:

1.) Do NOT respond to the message. According to the United States Secret Service (USSS), anyone responding to this type of message will continue to be harassed for months.
2.) Please access the USSS or Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) internet sites, as they have processes set up to handle these situations.
3.) If you have received a letter or facsimile but have not lost any monies, please fax a copy of the letter to (202) 406-5031. If the correspondence was received in the form of an e-mail, forward it on to 419.fcd@usss.treas.gov.
4.) If the correspondence was received in the form of an e-mail, notify the originator's mailbox provider that the originator's email address is being used to solicit illegal activities. For example, Yahoo and Hotmail have the following email addresses set up: abuse@yahoo.com; abuse@hotmail.com.
5.) If you have already lost funds in pursuit of the above described scheme, please contact the USSS in Washington, DC at (202) 406-5850 or via e-mail at 419.fcd@usss.treas.gov."

Please be safe and DO NOT GET SCAMMED!


2006-07-10 16:16:31 -
can we sue these people for messing with us?


2006-07-10 16:14:53 -
question for ERIC what if the check never even cleared your bank and you haven't touched any of the money are you still liable for this. i'm trying to make this right for being so stupied. I haven't touched it and it hadn't even cleared yet. what kind of trouble am i in


2006-07-10 16:06:00 -
Hi all, I just found this site this afternoon while doing some research on a fraudulent check. I work for a super regional bank covering 16 states in the U.S. and we deal with these fake lotto checks all the time. How can you win a lottery you didn't enter? Do any of you remember entering anything? A good rule of thumb is "if it seems to good to be true, it probably is." The check I was presented today (I've seen lots of them) was also drawn on Bank One NA. The scam is to see if you can cash this check at a bank foolish enough to give it to you, and they are out there, so that you will send them a portion of it back to "pay the taxes" or whatever. It seems like a good deal, but since the check is worthless, you are legally responsible to pay back all of that money to the bank. Most of the time the bank ends up losing that money because people can't pay it back, but the debt is reported on your credit report and it is sent to a collection agency. Please contact a bank to verify if a suspicious check is good before you cash it. If it is good, believe me, they will let you know. The bank would really like for it to be good, we need the business. I hate to see good people fall for scams like this, I see it way to much and it stinks.


2006-07-10 16:04:30 -
i received a check in the mail for 2,999. from irish random international lotto. i received a call and the person said it was real, for me to and cash the check and then send her 2,800 for fees plus the cost of sending it. i told her that this is how they are making their money because we are not garenteed that they will send our winnings back. i said what if i go and cash this check and then just keep it since its a good check at least i know i won this right. well she said then her boss would go after me because i kept the money. now i think this is a crock of bull ---- myself. its all a scam i think plz let me know what you all think thank you


2006-07-10 15:13:37 -
also i never even touched that money ti hasn't even cleared.


2006-07-10 15:12:41 -
Ok lets just see i deposited this check into m accout. Now i'm kicking my self in the a$. i just saw that my account both savings and checking has been withdrawn $888,888.88. i contacted my bank but no ones telling me anything


2006-07-10 14:49:17 -
Hi. I recently recieved a check for $3,000. I cashed the check. The bank called about a week later stating the check was fake. They're trying to come after me for the money that i don't have. I'm 19 years old. i have a 5 month old baby and a house. I don't know what to do are they supposed to come after me??? Why are they not going after the guy on the check. They said if I do not come up with the money by Friday theyre going to press charges or arrest me. I did nothing wrong. Can somebody please help me and tell me what I should do?


2006-07-10 14:17:40 -
is irish lotto a scam???


2006-07-10 14:08:51 - Shawna
I received the exact same thing today, for 2995.96 from Eye Medical Center located in Louisiana. Of course, I was thrilled at the prospect of having extra money but Ive been scammed in the past so my better sense kicked in. I decided to google this and came across this website and its been a god-send! Im not going to do anything with this check at all!


2006-07-10 13:23:11 -
my child got wole to my check I 105689734 dt 6/236/06
can';t repair can yoy send mw a replsace chect in the anount on $2,996.ll and infor me on what i need to do too the the remaint moniese a have trie to contact mr embaki we have play plone tag sent the 7/5

thank you all i need this mony to make my life better


2006-07-10 13:17:08 - Tonya
I received a letter from, you guessed it, Irish Random Lotto & a check for the amount of $2,995.96. The check was from Advocate Health Care (Bank One,Na out of Chicago). I've read alot of comments on this site & mostly everyone is concerned about the money. Is it for real? Wow. No, it's not. Peopel are gullible & ask that same question over & over again because they WANT it to be real. At the bottom of the letter that was enclosed witht he check, the signature is John W. Pope. The typed name below that is that of a Douglas Ferdinand. The check has no expiration date & each check comes from a diff. company. As tight as things are- do you really want to risk losing even more by casing a check that your gut tells you is fake?


2006-07-10 12:39:43 -
North American agent.the two numbers i showed i subtracted the two and came up with me only wing them 170.00 dollars. i think everyone should just follow your heart. thank you


2006-07-10 12:26:34 -
i too received a letter from the irish random lotto on june 27, 2006. trust me when i received this letter i was very excited and very egar to cash this check. When i open the letter the check was for the amount of 3,996.11. i immediately tried to contact my agent Peter Embaki of Royal Imperial Financial ManagementGroup at 1125 North Brunswick Street Suite 204, Saskertoon SK S7L 7L1, an accreditted agency to the irish random lotto. the phone number has a area code 204 i did try to call the man the next day of receiving the letter and he said i will call you back in 20min that joker never called me back so i called him back about 4pm for him to tell me the computer was down and to call back monday morning. i said not . people should not play with other people emotion i'm quit sure everyone is so aggrivated with this just as much as i am, so what i have decided to do was call the better buisness bureau and let them know what is going on before i proceed futher with this check. Trust me i am very temmpted to take this check to the nearest liquor store and cash it but my pride won't let me. For some strange reason I really don't feel right in my heart about this check. Apart of me say cash the check and pay some bills off, the other half says wait. I with the person that says sue them that is an excellent idea to do that we everyone who has received this check will be compincsated for being led on. My husband told me his brother received the same check last year from some random lotto for twenty five hundred, he to cashed the check it was good the only thing the people did was wrote him a letter telling him to send the fees back thats owed.Take for instance I looked at my letter and it tells me to my assistance check is for 3,996.11 to enable me to finance the international clearance fees of 3,826.00. The clearance fees should be remmitted to the desinated


2006-07-10 12:17:48 -
I came on here to reaserch the irish random lotto cause the same thing happened to me I got the letter and the check and I cashed the check and sent them the money and they said it would be 48 hours before i recieved the 80 thousand but its been a week and nothing I am so pissed off that I don't know what to do


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