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post #21 of 40
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Originally Posted by 2 in August View Post
I'm sorry. What a let down! I'm mad on your behalf because I know how excited I'd be to think that much $ was headed my way.
I know! I'm a completely broke single mom and college student, I would be so thrilled to be that lucky. And what if I would have just rushed out and deposited the check?? I would be even worse off than I am now. That is such an evil thing to do to someone.


FYI-the company is called Atlantic Lottery Corporation, which is a genuine Canadian company, but the name is being used by scammers in the US. If you get contacted by Atlantic saying you won $$$ and 1) you aren't a Canadian and 2) you've never bought any lottery ticket, then it's these same guys who are trying to scam you. :
post #22 of 40
bummer
post #23 of 40
I think what happens is that you cash the check, send them the $$ - but then the check bounces and you are responsible - not to mention that it's fraud. so they get $$ for free and you end up owing money to your bank.

people suck.
post #24 of 40
I think it's a scam too. Don't deposit the check.
post #25 of 40
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Originally Posted by apple_dumpling View Post
I think what happens is that you cash the check, send them the $$ - but then the check bounces and you are responsible - not to mention that it's fraud. so they get $$ for free and you end up owing money to your bank.

people suck.
OK, that's what I was wondering. I was just curious if you deposited the check, if they could get enough info in order to access your account, or if they could debit it electronically, or if you'd have to send it to them. I'd find it weird to get a check to pay taxes, but I might assume it was coming out of the winnings and was part of some weird accounting necessity on their part. Although my experience with the lottery is that the taxes come right off the top before you see any money, and the state pays it and distributes the remainder to the winner, but I know all contests are not that way.
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post #27 of 40
This puts me in mind of a vague recollection from a childhood novel (Pollyanna? Anne of Green Gables?) where the heroine preferred to anticipate something good that never happened because "at least she got the excitement of anticipating" which outweighed the disappointment.

(Don't think it works that way for me...)
post #28 of 40
SCAM!!! I know someone who got scammed similarly. He owned a gym. Someone sent him a check for $5000 (or something like that) to pay for a gym membership, but then said he needed $4000 (or something like that) back for an international plane ticket. The gym owner deposited the check, then sent him back a check, and the original check bounced, and now the gym owner owes his bank $4000.

There is no government or bank fraud protection for people who get scammed like this.
post #29 of 40
what would happen if one were to go with such a check to one of these "we cash your checks" places that give you cash but take a huge percentage off?
post #30 of 40
Canadian lotteries aren't taxed here...so that would be a clue..
Endorse the check and mail it to one of those scammers I mean princes in distant countries that email you
post #31 of 40
If there was a lottery you would have to pay taxes on the winnings.

If they sent you money to cover the taxes--you'd have to pay taxes on the money they sent you plus the taxes for the lottery.

But it's fun to dream, isn't it? I let myself have a little daydream every time I recycle a "check" from the local car dealerships.
post #32 of 40
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Originally Posted by Shiloh View Post
Canadian lotteries aren't taxed here...so that would be a clue..
Endorse the check and mail it to one of those scammers I mean princes in distant countries that email you
But endorse it as "Her Royal Highness Princess Queen of the World Cause I Say So"
post #33 of 40
How does the scam work if you deposit the check and don't send any money? Does your bank just tell you the check was fraudulent?
post #34 of 40
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Originally Posted by mz_libbie22 View Post
The letter says to deposit the check and the tax amount would then be taken electronically out of my account by either Western Union or Moneygram.

Yeah I thought the tax sounded a little low for $250000 too.
You didn't give them your account information did you?
post #35 of 40
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Originally Posted by Arduinna View Post
You didn't give them your account information did you?
no!
post #36 of 40
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Originally Posted by sapphire_chan View Post
How does the scam work if you deposit the check and don't send any money? Does your bank just tell you the check was fraudulent?
Yep, the check would bounce within a few days. And, some banks will charge you if a check you deposit bounces. So not only would you not get the money, you'd be hit with a bank fee.
post #37 of 40
My DH works in the fraud department of a large bank, and he says he sees this all the time, and it usually causes massive problems for the "winners".

Normally what will happen is this, first you deposit the check and call them within 24 hours, then they will instruct you to how to wire the tax money to their "tax department" so that they can release your winnings. The wire transfer will go through the bank before the check is actually processed and when it is you will be out whatever you wired to them, and of course, you will never receive your big pay off.

Run far and fast from this scam.
post #38 of 40
I would report this to the cops.
post #39 of 40
A-holes. I am so sorry Mama...

I wish you had won!
post #40 of 40
That is soo mean that people would do something like that.
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