I got a letter in the mail stating that i had won a computerized drawing. I believed it only because I do online surveys and things like that for a little extra money on the side. I looked at the check to make sure it was real, and it was. I called the person (Joanna Marcus / Sean Peter) and they acted like they were looking me up. They then put me on hold for about 4 minutes. They asked me for my reference number but did not even bother with my name. They simply told me to deposit my check and to call them back when i had done so.
I deposited the check and it seemed to go through like it should. I called the lady back and she told me that I needed to wire $3800 to Dana Young in New York. THis is what made me realize i had messed up big time! I luckily wrote all of the information from the check onto a piece of paper with the check number, the name of the bank and its location, and also the account number. There was a bank in Everett, WA and when i called them, they were well aware of the fraudilent checks that have been making there way around.
I had to call my bank to let them know and now i have a held account. I cannot get money out of it! I have to order new cards and checks. This is a complete fraud and scam!!! I went to the police and they said that there is nothing they can do, even with all of the information that i provided. I hope there is a way we can stop them.