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 Post subject: Need Help. Please
PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 6:33 pm 
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Hi, I got letter which I won the "2006 Merchants Point of Sale Prize Pool Lottery" with Cashiers Check ($2150). And they ask me to cash that chaeck and send aplication fee ($1750) through
Money Gram.

I cashed check yesterday and send money through the Western Union and they told me they will send me Total winning money ($350000) through Fedex on next Tuesday.

But I just checked internet and there's many scams like this and I found your website.
I'll go my bank tomorrow and explain what happened and try to get back that cashiers check and pay the amount. Do you think any problem in the bank?

I don't know how to catch them, so I'm asking your help.
Their phone number still working, maybe you can investigate and catch them to prevent no more victums like me.

And please give me advise and help me.



This is the information what I have.

ASPL
Lottery, Resources Management & Payment Verification.
PO BOX 142
Toronto, ON M5R 1K8
Tel : 416-848-9706

Claims/Disbursement Agent : Ms Hillary McPherson
Promotions Manager : Michael Anderson

Western Union Receiver : Ciara Champagne
City : East Orange
State & Zip : NJ, 07018
MTC Number : 401-114-3680


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 8:27 pm 
The number, more than likely, belongs to a prepaid cell phone in Canada. The number will be dead soon.

It is great you did not lose any money.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 8:29 pm 
Sorry I misread your post........................


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 6:15 pm 
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I just received a letter from this same company today. Same name, different PO Box, different phone number, different claims/disbursement agent, different amount in my cashier's check, different amount to pay as processing fee.

I immediately recognized it for what it is - mail fraud. I have reported it online here: https://www.recol.ca/ This is a Canadian agency which allows a person to report frauds online regardless of the type of fraud. I recommend that you report it to them, or to some other Canadian agency and also to your bank, your local police, and USPS, and the FBI.

Unfortunately, the cashier's check is probably not any good (as you have probably discovered by now) and you are out $1750. Had you waited for the check to clear your bank before sending the money you would be out nothing. The chances that you will get back the money you sent are about 0. The best you can hope for is that you have learned not to fall for this sort of thing, whether it is through the mail, phone, or email. Because you responded to this scam, you can expect to receive more scams. Many of these scammers share list of successful patsy's, so your name, address, and any other info you gave them is likely circulating as you read this.

I sure hope you didn't give them your DOB or Social Security number, because if you did you've really got a potential mess on your hands. If you did give out this info, then check your credit report ASAP.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 7:56 pm 
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Vic biz , lechatelier and others,
Did you loose your money?
I have just got the same letter from the same people ASPL in Toronto, Canada and same phone number, 416 848 9706
I deposited their check of $ 2,230 but I haven't send them any money.
They wanted a moneygram for $ 1,989.67 the same day as the check is cashed.
I will wait a week to see if the check clears.
I told them that I couldn't send them a moneygram right away as I had to travel and they tried to put pressure on me saying the sooner the better as they want to mail me the first check of 29,166.67 by next Tuesday!
Then they said that there is a dead line and I shouldn't wait long to send them the moneygram.
The letter said that I had won $ 350,000 and the money was going to be disbursed in 12 months payments.
If this is a scam how can we report them to the police or th the Canadian authorities?


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 7:59 pm 
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Ralph Casale, don't send them any money! It is a scam! Once you send the money the checks will show up as being counterfeit, and you will be out the money!

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 8:21 pm 
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Ralph,

I didn't send any money. Do not send them any money. Don't spend any of the money from that cashier's check, because sooner or later it will come back as a bad check and the bank will reclaim the money from your account.

It is a scam. Here is a link to what the FTC has to say about these scams: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/alerts/intlalrt.htm


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 Post subject: ASPL-Tronto, Canada
PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 6:45 pm 
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I've recieved the same letter from same company. I called "Michael Anderson". He told us the cashier's check was already null and void because I didn't cash it on time. He told us to contact a lady at Royal Bank of Canada and gave us her phone number. I called her. She said that she was a branch manager. She told me to send money via money gram (Western Union) to a person who lived in East Orange, NJ in order for us to open up an account with Royal Bank of Canada. She said that she would put 10% of the money of what "we won" each month for next 10 months into that account. I investigated the lady's phone number through BBB site. The phone number was reported as a scam back in 2003 and they've found out that the number was a cell phone number. I called Royal Bank of Canada and asked if someone could possibly send a money gram to an indivisual to open an account with the bank. The Royal Bank agent who was listening to my story immidiately said, "What!? Oh,NO,NO,NO." I've send e-mail to Royal Bank asking to check if the lady really exists. - waiting for their reply.

But I already believe that this is a scam. I'm sorry.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 9:36 pm 
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A little bit of info about check scams swiped from one of the ILS admins...

Checks and Love Scams
While this article has been written for the residents of the United States of America, some pertinent parts of it apply anywhere in the world. This article concerns any kind of a check (personal, cashier's, certified, official, business), as well as money orders.

If you have received a check from your on-line friend, or are awaiting the arrival of one, please make yourself familiar with the following:

    The checks that victims receive from scammers are either a 100% forgery (produced from scratch), or have been produced using stolen check stock.

    Just the very possession of a forged check can place you in a spot of being faced with felony charges.

    Uttering or passing a forged check (ie. Depositing it a bank account or attempting to cash it) is a felony as well.

    Felony charges can be leveled against you on a State, as well on a Federal level. While Federal felony charges are rare, the law is in place for such prosecution.

    Those are not the laws that are just “on the books”. Felony check laws are being enforced, and there are confirmed reports of victims being prosecuted and sentenced for such check offenses.

    Criminal prosecution is not the only consequence of cashing a forged check. There are other consequences to consider, all of them financially disastrous.

    When you deposit a check into your account, the bank advances you the money from their own coffers once the bank's hold on the check expires. Your bank's hold is not equal with the check clearance process being completed, although your bank may state so. It can take anywhere from days to months for a given check to clear. Once, after a period of time, the check turns out to be fraudulent, you will be responsible for paying back the balance of the check to your bank.

    Your bank can not only pursue collection remedies against you, but can also obtain a judgment against you for the balance of the money owed, and (when allowed by the State you reside in), garnish your wages and monies from your bank accounts.

    Some banks may be willing to discuss a repayment plan with you, but your bank will most probably expect hefty monthly payments, and will not agree to you wanting to repay a $45,000 in $100 monthly installments.

    You should also keep in mind, that your credit can be adversely affected by your bank's collection activities. Having a lower credit score will affect your ability to get low interest rates on loans, and can prohibit you from obtaining a mortgage.

    Should you be audited by the Internal Revenue Service, you will be required to provide your bank statements. The officer auditing your tax return will inquire about the origin of a large deposit in your account, and you may find yourself in a position of having to explain how you came in the possession of that money. The audit officer is unlikely to believe your explanations, and you may face additional fines and penalties for not declaring the proceeds from the check as income.


The reality of cashing a check you received from someone on the internet is clear: you risk damaging your financial standing and you risk losing your personal freedoms.

It is simply not worth it.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 9:37 pm 
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If you have already received such a check and have already cashed it. As well as reporting it to the police, contact your bank immediately and inform them you think you have been defrauded. If you do, the bank should be willing to come to an arrangement for paying back any money you have already spent.


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 Post subject: 2006 Merchants Point of Sale Prize Pool Lottery
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 3:29 pm 
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Sara Price or anyone else knowledgable,

I recieved a letter in the mail today with a Chase cashier's check for $2230.00. with the same MO as discussed above. Who should I notify about this? I called the 416-848-9706 phone number on the letter and the line is dead. Any ideas on what to do?

Tom D


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 4:23 pm 
Destroy the check


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2006 6:20 pm 
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Swiped from the FraudWatchers FAQ...

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In all cases when a scammer sends a check, money order or any other form of negotiable bond these are forged. The scammer relies on the fact that banks will show the checks to be cleared and credit money to the victim's account when in actual fact they have only passed a local inspection and it can take weeks or months before the check bounces.

This means that the victim notices the check has apparently cleared, sends the goods and forwards the money. When the bank finally realises that the check is forged, the victim is required to pay back the amount of the check to the bank and can and will face criminal charges for forgery. Some victims of this crime have even been sent to jail as accomplices in fraud.

If a scammer has sent you such a check, money order or bond. Do not attempt to cash this but take it to your local law enforcement agency with a printout of the e-mails which have passed between you and the scammer and report the matter. Please do not keep the check, it is an offence in both the USA and the UK and may be in other countries, to have in your possession such a forgery.

If you have already received such a check and have already cashed it. As well as reporting it to the police, contact your bank immediately and inform them you think you have been defrauded. If you do, the bank should be willing to come to an arrangement for paying back any money you have already spent.

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 Post subject: Re: Need Help. Please
PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 5:27 pm 
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I just received an email from a television show who is looking for Lottery Scam Victims to speak out. You would have to show your face and give your name, but this could really help a LOT of people! Every time that we get the word out there in the media there is another person who learns about these scams and then they do not become a victim.

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