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2006-05-28 20:52:50 -
I received a notification letter from BONANZA 2000 stating that I had won $85,500.00, less the 6.2% commission of $5,301.00. But, of course, I had to first cash a check in the amount of $2,998.15 to help "finance the international clearance fees of $2,828.00." The check is drawn on the California Bank & Trust bank out of Los Angeles, CA, and the account is in the name of HRD Aero Systems, Inc. I looked at and compared this check with my personal checks and a child support check I had received from the State of Colorado. California Bank & Trust has over 70 branches and is a legitimate banking institution. What really caught my attention was that the check was written wrong in that it was written "Two thousand nine hundred ninety eight and 15/100 Dollars, which it should have read "Two Thousand Nine-Hundred Ninety-Eight "Dollars" and 15/100 "Cents." Also, in the letter of instructions there were grammatical and spelling errors. I thought about it and concluded that for a financier company to be in trust of the amount of money to be distributed ($1,453,500.00) they would not make the mistakes I found on the check and their correspondence would be much more professional. Moreover, I believe I would have received this in a certified letter rather than regular mailing if I were to be receiving such a large amount of money. I am going to follow the advice from Chad's posting and go into www.ftc.gov and lodge a complaint. If everyone would do this, maybe it could be stopped?


2006-05-28 19:52:34 -
Dear Friends,
I have received a email about an alleged notificatio of my victory on uk lottery:

Here is:
notificationONCE AGAIN CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.

══════════════ ══════════════



All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies. This promotion takes place biannually.
To file for your claim/winning, please contact our Legal Department (MRS.LONNI K. ANDERSON AND BARR. MICHAEL EZEOCHA (Our agents in Nigeria) lonannder_son@yahoo.co.uk ══for processing and payment of your claims/winning. Quote your reference/batch numbers in your correspondence with us and you are advised to not to expose your numbers to avoid double clamming or voiding of your winning, Please ask═them to present their international passport to ensure you are dealing with our Agents/Attorneys.

═══════════════ ════════════════════
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Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications═ quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence. Should there be any change of addresses do inform our agent as soon as possible.═


Sincerely Yours
Chris Moritz.
International Relation Officer.

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Executives:
Dr. P. Swier (CEO), Mr. Gerald Goodman (Manager Foreign Operations), Mr. Franklyn Van Der Weijden (Manager Domestic Banking Operations), Dr. James Williams (Director International Credit Department), Mrs. Lonni K Anderson (Legal Representative), Mr.Godfrey Ohiri(Regional Manager, Nigeria), Mr. Stephen Boer (Chairman), Mr. Chris Moritz(International Relation Officer).


2006-05-28 18:34:13 -
I received a check just as you all are describing just last weekend. I called and spoke with my "representative" Judy Brown who told me the same story. Deposit the check, wait a few days for clearance and the same amount you all listed to some other person in canada. I told her this sounded like a scam to me and she gave me a website that I could go to. I was in the middle of something so i did not write the website down and never went to it.
Later that day I called the bank in New York that was listed on the check. I think it was JP Morgan Chase Bank in Syracuse (i have since shredded this check and letter) and the bank account was for Horizon Media which is what the check said. The bank verified that the check was actually a good check. Of course, i still new it was a scam so I just shredded the check and went on about my business.
Friday the 26th I received a call from Juday Brown telling me my deadline was coming up and they hadnt heard from me. I told her that I would not be depositing that check and that if I really won money I shouldnt have to pay to receive it. She said it was for taxes. I then told her that I should be able to pay the taxes after I receive my winnings and that I would not be wiring any money to anyone. She said they would cancel that check and mail me a cashiers check for my winnings on Tuesday May 30th. We will wait and see........Im sure it is just the next step in their scam. Cant someone find these people? I too am having financial difficulties as a young single mother and this would have been devestating for me as I know it has been for many :(


2006-05-28 14:16:10 -
I've got your CERTIFICATE OF AWARD: Ref#WSCT 4567801G023, Winner ID: 9008654 from May 11 2006
I can't contact to you by the phone
Please activate my certificate7 Thanks, Tamara Oleksandrova


2006-05-27 23:52:38 -
MY BANK TOLD ME THAT JUST BECAUSE I DEPOSITED THAT CHECK IF IT BOUNCED THEIR IS NO WAY THAT THOSE PEOPLE CAN STEAL MONEY FROM YOU OUT OF YOUR ACCOUNT UNLESS YOU HAVE GAVE THEM YOUR BANKING ACCOUNT NUMBERS AND ROUTING NUMBERS.MY BANK ALSO TOLD ME THAT IF THE CHECK BOUNCES IN WHICH IT WILL THAT THEY WILL SEND YOU A COPY OF WHERE IT BOUNCED AND A COPY OF YOUR CHECK..........PLEASE DO NOT LET THESE PEOPLE FOOL YOU MAKE SURE THAT YOU RESEARCH ANYTHING LIKE THIS THAT IS OUT OF THE US BECAUSE A US CITIZEN CAN NOT PARTICIPATE IN FOREIGN LOTTERIES....ALSO THE FTC SAID ON THEIR MESSAGE THAT 90% OF ALL INTERNATIONAL LOTTERIES ARE PHONY...IT IS ILLEGAL FOR ANY US CITIZEN TO PATICIPATE BY PHONE OR MAIL IN INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY........PLEASE DONT FALL FOR THIS.....AND PASS THIS ON TO EVERYBODY YOU KNOW SO THAT THESE PEOPLE AND YOU WILL NOT GET HURT!


2006-05-27 20:27:39 -
me and my wife are struggling financily right now they send us a check for $3000.00 that is enogh to get out of our tight jam we are in with a baby on the way what if i were to cash this check what would happen i mean if they can get to honest people how do we get to them can we press charges on them i mean this is illeagle aint it


2006-05-27 17:40:12 -
My husband got the check today. Let's all put them in the bank and NOT send moneygram. lol


2006-05-27 17:16:37 -
Bonanza 2000 check was deposited in my bank and cleared for almost 3000 is this real?


2006-05-27 16:39:41 -
i got one letter


2006-05-27 16:39:34 -
i got one letter


2006-05-27 13:32:28 -
I am so glad I found this site! My wife just received
one of these Bonanza 2000 Australian International lotto letters. Money has been very tight in our house for a while now so when you get something like this you get so excited that things may actually be looking up. I think that is how they get you. The people that are doing the worst financially, the people that absolutely can not afford to loose a penny
are who gets taken in by these scammers. How can these people sleep at night, knowing that the people that get scammed are usually the elderly and the financially hard up! I am very sorry for any of you that found out too late about this scam. One good thing is that they don't change the scam very much and thats how they will eventually get caught. I have almost been taken in by a similar scam about 10 years ago. They said I won a bunch of money and in order to clain it I would have to pay the taxes up front and wire $5,000 to them by Western Union. If it wasn't for the lady from Western Union warning me that you should never have to pay taxes up front in order to receive money that was won, I would have fallen for the scam. When this guy on the phone told my wife not to use Western Union to wire the money I knew that something wasn't right because WU is very careful and try to prevent this kind of thing from happening. Anyway, for anyone that is working on stoping these
theives here is some info from the letter. GOOD LUCK!

The check is for $2,998.45 from D&W Windows & Enclosures which is supposed to cover the international clearance fees of $2,828.00. The supposed winnings are $85,500 minus $5,301.00 sponsors commision leaving $80,199.00. The claim agent info is: Randy Edwards of Kingsway Financiers,
17635 Stony Plain Road NW suite 404 Edmonton AB
T5S 1E3, TEL#: 780-604-5207.


2006-05-27 12:44:26 -
I received a letter that I had won the lottery. What the heck is going on?


2006-05-27 11:50:33 -
I want to know if there are any lottery scam involving OLGC and a live checks being sent out in the mail


2006-05-27 11:00:30 -
I received a letter stating I won some money on The Bonanza 200 Lottory from Sydney, Australia and they said I won alot of money but I would have to deposit the the check into my bank accout which the check was 2,997.54 and that I would have to pay an International Clearance fee of 2, 828.00 and that after that I would receive 85,5000.00 minus 5,301. 00 (6.2 Sponsor Commision) and that I would receive 80, 199.00 and that I would have to contact the North American agent to get futher details. Which I had my husband read this and he had me check it out before I did anything . And yes it is a scam. Now we need to get this in the butt. Many Americans are being defauded with thinking they won alot of money so these people can get into your bank accounts.And wipe it clean.


2006-05-27 10:01:24 -
Yeah I received notification of a lotto winning,with a very limited time on claiming the prize.$2,998.45 to be exact.Wasn't born last night so I checked this out.First off I could never get in contact with Randy Edwards(voice box always to full).Two checked chamber of commerce in Michigan for company listing under
D&W windows got there address & store hours,left message making them aware that I was in possession of a check with there company name on it,and were they aware that they were giving me almost
$3,ooo big ones.Dont know to what extent if any this
company is involved,but red flags were rising when I received the notice.I'm not doing anything with the check except framing it & the notice for laughs & conversational piece.
But for all those who got,got my heart goes out to you and I hope they nail the bastards & reimberse all
effected.And as the old saying goes "If it looks & sounds to good to be true-it ususally is.


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