Complaint / review text:
I received a letter informing me that I had won a shoppers sweepstake. My winning was $250,000.00. There was a check enclosed for $4980.00 to help pay for the taxes of the winning amount. I was not to deposit this until I had contacted a person and it gave a phone number.
We did a reverse look-up on the phone number and that did not reveal who this was. The reverse look-up company could not find an individual or company name to this cell phone. It was clearly not any of the companies listed in the letter or the bank where the check was drawn from. The company name used was Waterhouse securities. The check was drawn from Bryan Bank & Trust in Richmond Hill, GA.
We looked up both the company and the bank on the internet and both were real, but not with the same addresses used by the scammer.
The letter stated that the taxes due on the winning amount of $250,000.00 were $2995.00 (go figure???). Thats 1% tax rate folks. Someone sure does not know the American tax code. This amount was to be paid by either moneygram or Western Union. Since when do either national banks or large investment firms use moneygrams or Western Union to transfer money around.