Complaint / review text:
We received a letter, with a check enclosed, stating my husband had won the February 3rd, 2009 Reader's Digest Lotto. The letter stated they had tried several times to reach us by phone and had failed. If we did not respond to this letter, the winnings could be returned to the unclaimed department.
The letter further stated we needed to keep this notice confidential until the claim had been confirmed and remitted to avoid misconduct or double claiming.
We were to call Terrance Brown at 1-778-858-9728 or 778-319-3052 to activate the claim before we deposited the enclosed check. The enclosed check was for $2,843.58 (even though the amount listed in the letter stated the check was for $2,921.91) and was to cover the insurance and processing fees on the winnings of $152,000.00. The "office hours" listed Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm PST. The letter included a ref# K756-38-09RD and the "lucky numbers" 16-23-36-39-41. It was also supposedly signed by Reader's Digest's CFO, Thomas Williams. A picture of Mr. Williams was placed above his "signature".
We called the numbers. The second number listed was a cell number that had not been activated. We reached Terrance Brown at the first number. He is sending the winnings via a "certified bank check" and we are to deposit it and the enclosed check and then we are to remit the insurance and processing fees.
Thankfully, we did not believe we had "won" and decided to check with Reader's Digest. I found this website and wanted to report this scam. All this is really disturbing! The letter and check look very official and authentic! Hopefully, this report will help put an end to this scam so others cannot be hurt by it. We are willing to send copies of all correspondence if requested.