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Minto Marketing Group Sweepstakes Claim Notification Final Notice Vancouver, British Columbia
9th of Nov, 2010 by User334193
Sweepstakes Claim Notification


We have made several unsuccessful attempts to contact you regarding your Consumer Rewards Program winning.

In accordance with the Consumer Rewards Program Comission Policy, your prize award moey has been forwarded to our clearing/disbursement institution to release your funds to you.


Kindly contact Claims Agent Gloria Bridges at 1-905-598-5174 as soon as you receive this notice for further instructions on how to claim your grand winning.

We have enclosed a check in the letter. Per your state regulations, you will be required to pay a tax and processing fee before your lump sum can be sent to you. Payment will be made directly to your tax agent. You will also need to fax you payment receipt to yhr fax number above.

Yours Sincerley,

Brain Daniels

Promotion Manager

**My enclosed check was in the amount of $998.73. It looked like an official check (with watermarks and US Patent numbers) I do alot of online sweepstakes so I was unsure about this one, I enter a ton of sweepstakes and didnt know if this one was real or not. I didnt want to take it to my bank because I wasnt comfortable with putting a possibly fraudulent check into my personal bank account. I took to an ACE Cash Express and was told that it was fraudulent and instructed to take it to the police department immediatley. The agent at ACE told me to look for the following red flags with checks like these....

#1: The first line of the letter "We have made unsuccessful attempts to contact you"...If you entered and won a legitimate sweepstakes, they would contact you by phone, leave you a message, send you an e mail....something. You would know in one way or another that you won.

#2: The mention of "in accordance with your state regulations, you will be required to pay a tax and processing fee"...If you really won something, the taxes are taken out ahead of time and you dont receive a check to send to another person (i.e., tax agent)

#3: There is no address or phone number on the check. Legitimate sweepstakes checks have the company name, address and phone number on them.

#4: There is no return address on the envelope that contained the check and letter.

#5: There are typos in the letter. Legitimate companies take the time to check the letters they send to make sure the spelling, grammer, punctuation is correct. (the last sentence of the letter "You will also need to fax you tax payment receipt to the fax number above." (yours should have been used in this sentence instead of you)

I wish this was a real check as much as the next person....we all could use an extra 10 grand, right? But, I wanted to share my experience so that someone doesnt lose money or worse....

4016 days ago by Wwright
I received the same form letter although this time it was from "Direct Investment" at 6710 Manchester Ave. Vancouver, BC with phone 905-781-9876. The check was from Prior Lake State Bank in Minnesota. All other info was the same. This was sent 5/25/11.
4008 days ago by Anonymous
I received the same letter today from Direct Investment, contact agent is Jamie Rossen 647-995-3320.
Letter sent 5/25/11 from Manchester Ave, Vancouver, BC
Bank on check is M&T Bank, account of Quantum Business Management of Milwaukie, Oregon.

Slick attempt! Let's hope the word is out loud and clear that this is a scam!
- glad we can share info
4008 days ago by Sunnie Smith
I received the same letter today from Direct Investment, contact agent is also Jamie Rossen 647-995-3320. Bank on the check is Prior Lake State Bank, Prior Lake, MN 55372. I guess they sent thousands of same copy to every where. Mine was sent 5/18/11. Be aware of this scam, folks!
4008 days ago by Sibleygrl
What happens if you cash the check? I successfully cashed it today at a "check express" and now I'm worried what will happen.
4008 days ago by Ladyjz
To be honest you might be in trouble. I went to jail for depositing a fraudulent check just like this. I spent 4 months in jail and will never accept anything like this again! The issueing bank even said it was a VALID check and it was done so well they didn't catch the fraud until it went thru their system. I wish I had better news for you. Just BE CAREFUL and don't accept anything that you didn't even know about such as entering a sweepstakes.
3980 days ago by Jbako13
i received the same letter content but form Mountford Investments, 9870 Baurton St, Vancouver, BC, V2n 7L9 with agent name of Mark Bryans (905) 782-0233, signed by Hugh Smith promo manager. Figured this was a scam since it came in my maiden name, the envelope looks like something you would receive chain mail and there were typos in the letter. Oh, the bank info was Fifth Third Bank and looked legit with watermarks, etc.
Don't fall for it!!!
3977 days ago by Anonymous
I just received the same one as jbako13.
3975 days ago by SpyOne
I received this letter today. Like Jbako13, mine says Mountford Investment in Vancouver, though my contact is Natalie Neal at 905-781-5658 (which is apparently in Ontario). Mine has "money" spelled correctly in the second paragraph, and "the" not "yhr" in the last sentence, but other typos match.

I found this site by searching for Mountford Investment Vancouver.

I suppose I'll take this whole thing to the police and see what they make of it.
3975 days ago by Melle'smom
I received the letter last week and called today. I'm glad my husband told me to look up this MOUNTFORD INVESTMENT online. it's the most believable scam i've encountered in the last couple of years. Thank you for having this posted.
3974 days ago by Evpay
I got this in the mail yesterday, thanks for posting...
3970 days ago by Focustmb
I just got this letter and called today. My contact person was Mark Bryans (905)782-0233 and the check was signed by Hugh Smith promo manager. The bank was Fifth Third Bank. The typo was you which should have been yours. I'm glad that my fiance' told me to look the company up. I want to thank User334193 for posting this. I also want to thank everybody else for their post. This is a scam that needs to be stopped. They agent told me the check was real and that once the check I received cleared the rest of the(my) winnings would be disbursed. Glad I didn't take it to the bank.
3967 days ago by Genodiego
I recieved my letter today as well and was shocked to see a check in the envelope made out to me. It looks so real that I was calling to claim my other winnings but I never got through. My Letter came from Vancour as well from a company called Carlington Management. The check came from Baltimore, MD 21201. M & T Bank check # 64450 amount 998.30... It was signed by Victoria Decora and the letter came from Heath Mason (Promo Mgr.) my claims agent name was Audrey Manor # 1-905-781-5658. Im so glad we have Technology to look things up like this...
a Huge Scam!!! Be Careful People there are cruel people out there...
3965 days ago by Jfollies
I just recieved one today in the amount of 2500.00 From Progresive Direct Insurance Company drown on PNC Bank, N.A. Ashland, Ohio Address of company is 550 KIng St. Ontario, Canada. I am to call a Shawn Abrams.
3949 days ago by Jsky2
I too received a similar letter from Carlington Management in BC. plus a check for 900 plus dollars. I took it to my credit union which said it looked legitimate but after I explained that I couldnt figure out why I had this amount from an onknown source she said it looked suspicious. It was put on a hold warning until they contacted the issuing bank. She called it a likely scam which it was I learned. Luckily my credit union is suspicious of scams which I hadnt considered until asking them and then looking up the management company finding this site. The bank had no part in this which showed the scammers wanted bank and account information which I would never reveal. The fact the scammers said on the phone they would send tax forms once I let them know it was deposited and had cleared was a sure sign they thought me gullible. Maybe suspicous but not stupid. Within the past few days I received notification that the issuing bank said the account was closed. Gee I wonder why huh?

3940 days ago by Hillbilly678
i just received one today from the same company from canada that said i had to cash the check i got in the mail the 2500 and send them 1500 after that i was ahead of them i spotrted this scam very quickly although i did call mr abrahams he said the check is now registered and i can cash it i not only didnt cash it im going to call him and tell him the check was no good and say now what? lol the check had progressive direct insurance on it in ashland ohio even though there is this legit co that does exhist i didnt win a penny and i know it so im calling him back to tell him the check is no good even though i didnt take it to the bank he he he he i love this
3935 days ago by Carp93013
Got one today from Belmount inc. 9834 Jamerson Way, Vancouver BC... Seemed fishy to me so I did the search and this came up. Thanks for all the info. This is obviously still going on the "company" changes but the letter is identical otherwise. BEWARE!

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