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Baughman Co. Inc. Jamie Reed, Nathan Deeks, Baughman cash prize fraud sweepsteaks Victoria, British Columbia
17th of Aug, 2011 by User696465
I received a letter at my parents home in Pittsburgh in August of 2011. I should note that I have not lived there for the last 6 years. The letter was post marked bulk mail from Canada. The postage number on the upper right corner of the envelope was 1681814. There was no return address on the envelope. There was a professional looking letter inside. The letter head was in large bold letters from the "Baughman Co. Inc. The letter states that I was selected as the winner of a $9700.00 cash prize. It said I filled out a survey and I was selected. Also said it was my final notice to collect. It stated that I need to contact Jamie Reed at 905-782-0443. There was also a check enclosed that looks legitimate for $998.75. The letter states that this is my first payment, but the funds are not available until I call the number above. The check has a title from the "First Federal Bank", but there is no address on it. The check is signed by Jene T. Baughman. The letter itself is signed by a Nathan Deeks. I noticed on the back of the envelope that there was an out of date FSC logo (Forest Stewardship Council) from 1996. The certificate number was SGS-COC-004720. I happen to work in the printing industry and I know you can look up the certificate number on the logos to check the ownership. I searched the FSC and that certificate number dose not exist. This is obviously a wire fraud scam. I would like to get the names listed above on the internet so it can be searched on the web as fraud. I searched the internet for all the names above and I found nothing.
3449 days ago by Vsmiles4jw7
I just recieved the same letter except the contact name and phone number is different. Who do we report this too?
3448 days ago by Switchbladie
got a letter today as well signed by Nathan Deeks. i use to work for a bank i can tell you off the fat the check is fake by a few things i noticed on my check.

1. the uneven printing of the ink. some letters are words were darker than others
2. no address for Baughman co. inc.
3. the micr line (the numbers on the bottom) is printed in magnetic ink and its kinda raised up on this check it is not,

however i and quite impressed with lengths they went to make this check look authentic
3448 days ago by Bobbylight
I got the same thing yesterday. The letter had an address in Victoria, BC on Freemount Way. I looked the address up on Google Maps and couldn't find the address. I called and spoke with "Jamie Reed". When I mentioned that there was not a Freemount Way in Victoria, BC she immediately hung up.
3448 days ago by Karla_2011
Yes my dad just recieved the same letter! I called and asked if they had a website and "Amber Tillman" immediately hung up.!!! THIS IS A SCAM! DO NOT CASH THE CHECK! what can we do to report it?
3448 days ago by KSIYAS
I got one today. but came here to check. and thank you guys this was a lot of help before I call
3448 days ago by JBrix
I posted this last night on I can't believe there are so many responses after 24 hours. I need to figure out who we can report this to. Any ideas?
3447 days ago by Uscgafsope
I too have received a check for $998, 75 from Baughman Co, Inc as a first payment from a total of $9700, 00 which I won as a LUCKY winner of a survey which I am sure I never completed. I did not call the number as I deemed this to be a scam. I am susre that they will want your SS number and bank account number so that they can transfer the monies (which will never come) into your account. PS you will loose everything you have if you fall for this scam.
John V.
3447 days ago by My123hlp
I received this letter and check also and checked the internet before doing anything. Thank you for posting. This was a great help.
3446 days ago by Zellnewman
Same here. The check does look authentic. What would happen if check is deposited? I feel sorry for the people who do not know how to check on these types of scams. They inevitably wind up losing their life savings.
3445 days ago by Hambone
I received this letter also, with all that was stated above, what a shame that people would resort to this!! where should we report this to?no address on check, and first letter of first an last name are bold print. I feel very sorry for those that call them unaware of the scam they are to endure. I myself could have really used this, glad I checked here before calling them.
3445 days ago by Kimmerrinker
Received same letter ( identical phone numbers etc). Has anyone figured out who to report this to?
3445 days ago by Patski
My husband received the same letter a few days ago. What can we do to prevent this criminals from runninig these scams. There are probably some elderly folks or uninformed folks out there who will fall for this scam and be robbed of their life's savings.
3444 days ago by Brees
i too have received the check, difference is i called nobody hung up have an address and really did enter a sweepstakes? i spoke at length with the company and asked for references received them and checked them out! is this part of the scam i am about to deposit into a secret new account which cannot be traced and c if it clears am i stupid???????
3444 days ago by K Farnham
Received letter yesterday 8/22/2011. Stated the same thing as the above letters except name to contact was Amber Tillman. Check was signed by Jene Baughman and letter was signed by Nathan Deeks. Report to your Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission.
3444 days ago by Sweetaspie872
I used to work for Wells Fargo, know all the scams. Did some research on the routing number, here is what I came up with from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) web site. Hope this helps! :)


CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)


Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name First Federal Bank, Delphos, Ohio, are reportedly in circulation.

First Federal Bank of the Midwest, Defiance, Ohio, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name "First Federal Bank" are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 241270851, which is assigned to First Federal Bank of the Midwest. The counterfeit items are very similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, they are light green and display the following security feature statements within the top border: "Front of document features colored background inside this high resolution border, micro-print signature, outside of border. Back of document has border and white background. 'Security Screent' a micro-print line and artificial watermarks."

Authentic checks are greenish blue and display the following security feature statements in the top border: "Front of document features colored background inside this high resolution border and a white band outside of border. Back of document has grey printing on a white background. 'Security Document' is micro-printed in bottom border and 'Authorized Signature' in signature line."

Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented.

Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:

Patricia A. Cooper
Senior Vice President of BSA, Fraud and Bank Security
First Federal Bank of the Midwest
601 Clinton Street
P.O. Box 248
Defiance, Ohio 43512
Telephone: (419) 782-5074
Fax: (419) 782-6573
E-mail: [email protected]

Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to [email protected] Questions related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at

For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit

Sandra L. Thompson
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Attachment (not available electronically)

NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at Printed copies of each Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center (telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200; fax: 703-562-2296; or e-mail: [email protected]).

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
3443 days ago by RachelJ
So I got the same letter. I called the # and asked what I needed to do, "Jamie Reed" simply said I had to give her my clam # on the top of the paper and once I did that she simply said to me I could now go to the bank and cash or deposit the check. Once I did that, to call back and they would have fed ex send me a certified envelope that I would have to sign for once it came. She never asked for a account # or anything personal. She said I had completed a survey with either Macys, Target, Sears, or Kmart, and my name had been drawn. I had mentioned before I hung up that I had got married a few months ago and that my name was different then the one listed on the check, she said that is fine when you call back you can let us know what name you would like Fed Ex to have to sign for your next check. I have thought about going to the bank and opening a new account with only this $998 and seeing what happens. What does everyone think?
3443 days ago by RachelJ
So here is an update from the first comment... I googled the routing # on the check and it gave me a first federal bank in Ohio. I called them and they told me that a bunch of checks have been stolen, and that it was fraud. I gave her all the information I had. If you google bank routing #'s you can then put in the bank you are looking for and call them and report it. It would help catch these people faster.
3440 days ago by Anonymous
I received the same check on Aug 22nd. Sadly, when I searched the name on Bing it didn't bring up this scam. I went through the motions (as I frequently fill out sweepstakes and it looked authentic), and was scammed out of $915. I am so mad that I fell for this and wished I had used a different search engine. I am so happy that you all thwarted them and can not believe I was so stupid to fall for this. The police say there isn't much they can do and that we can pass it on to the FBI, but pretty much to expect the money to be gone.
3439 days ago by DTKIndiana
These can be turned over to your states attorney general and they will deal with it for you. You should be able to find the address for your State Attorney General on yours states website. I got one also and am sending it out tomorrow.

3438 days ago by Cincysherry
I received the same kind of letter from Nathan Deeks. The bank on the check was JP Morgan. The funny thing is that on the letter, their letterhead has Maddox Markerting, Inc. Nothing like having a typo on your Letterhead!

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