How am I going to spend all the money?

@dawnald (84146)
Shingle Springs, California
July 23, 2010 11:52am CST
Yesterday I got a $2,500 check in the mail. It was from somebody in Canada. They had been "urgently" trying to contact me so that I could collect some money that I had won. The check was to cover the taxes on the winnings. I should call the number to activate the check, and then when I pay the taxes they will send me my money. Oh yeah, they also need my social security number. hahahaha Yeah right! I tossed it, but this morning I'm thinking I should really hand it over to the Post Office. Been scammed lately?
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@saphrina (31740)
• South Africa
23 Jul 10
Damn, we could have had a nice beach party. If you get hold of them, please tell them i said they are freaking idiots.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Jul 10
Yeah maybe I should call and string them along....
@saphrina (31740)
• South Africa
23 Jul 10
Get their money first and then you call me. I will help with the stringing.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Jul 10
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
24 Jul 10
Does the Post Office do anything about it? My mom gets these sort of checks in the mail alot. Here highest one being $4,500 She thankfully tossed hers out as well even though she thought on it..which me buzzing in her ear telling her it was all wrong..she even went as far as calling but got no answer..which helped convince her that if it was legit..she would have gotten a answer...not have the phone call transferred then just ring and ring.
• United States
24 Jul 10
I called the number on the one I got too, at first I got a weird message, then I got a busy signal for awhile, then someone finally answered but the name of the company was not the same one on my check or the letter attatched... so I hung up and forgot about it.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
24 Jul 10
Seems my brain is not connected to my fingers today..lol..that it wasn't legit..otherwise she would have gotten an answer.... She got the message as well telling her to push 1 and so on..then she did and it just rang and rang.She tried several times..I told her it wasn't that easy to get so much money and that if she deposited the check it would give them her account number which was a big no no...
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
26 Jul 10
Far as I know, the US Post Office is pretty diligent in investigating mail fraud.
@krajibg (11939)
• Guwahati, India
23 Jul 10
Hi dawn, These days both in mail and cell phone text they send message that I won a lottery worth $2,00,000. And what they want me to do id to furnish all the details as you were asked to. One or two of my friends got excited and had tried to make contact and later realized to their disappointment that it was nothing but a scam. So beware! Remember no body gives you bucks for nothing.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Jul 10
No they don't, and anyway how can you win a lottery when you didn't even buy a ticket?
@krajibg (11939)
• Guwahati, India
23 Jul 10
second thought: in case you get them and find difficulty in handling them send a portion to my bank account.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Jul 10
Right, be sure and send me your bank account information...
@ET28LV (1895)
• Latvia
23 Jul 10
Ah luckily you I too wait the day when I something won by the lottery where I haven't bought or play. But, If you look at them you see that in every of this lottery's we need to do something to get money. Why we can get this money doing nothing If we had win it? I had read one lottery post before some days ago he was win more than 2 millions. I think this Scamers sent this messages to couple of people every day hoping that someone will believe in them. And yes sometimes this plan works. If you are worried how you spend this money you can give half to me It would be very nice from your side. You can walk to post office with this check and seen what would happen. Take care, Have a nice day!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Jul 10
Sure, I'll send you half of my imaginary money. Ps What's your social security number and your mother's maiden name?
@ET28LV (1895)
• Latvia
23 Jul 10
Sure I will send to you my information. Maybe there is other way, How I can get It? Maybe I can call to some number?
@gabs8513 (48716)
• United Kingdom
23 Jul 10
Wow Dawn Do you mean in the actual Mailbox or Internet I would have taken it to the Police if I got that through my Letter Box
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Jul 10
Snail mail... Here, I'm pretty sure it's the post office that investigates that stuff.
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@gabs8513 (48716)
• United Kingdom
23 Jul 10
Hmmmm I am not to sure about that but I think here in the UK it is the Police
• Canada
8 Aug 10
Wow..It could have been a scam, but you never know for sure. why would anyone need your SIN to Activate a check. A sign of that it could be a scam. All I can say is be careful.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Aug 10
I'm sure it was a scam...
@marguicha (95041)
• Chile
8 Aug 10
Maybe we could join forces, Dawn. I have some money in Nigeria that I have to get. I haven´t have time to send all they want before they hand out the money. I´m spending my time thinking what I´ll do with it.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Aug 10
First we have to figure out how to get it!!!
@deve_annrn (1857)
• Philippines
4 Aug 10
the intention is very obvious... and i will feel foolish if i'd be fooled by this people... i received a lot of email scams with regards to funds being transferred to my account and that sort of thing as long as i pay the processing fees and such..and my mother too received multiple letters from someone who claims to be a psychic and can help her identify which dates are the typical dates she would be lucke to earn lots of cash according to the stars...and it went straight to the trash cans too...
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Aug 10
I'm glad you and your mother weren't fooled. There are obviously enough people who fall for this stuff, or the scammers wouldn't bother.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
26 Jul 10
Thankfully I haven't been scammed lately, but I could tell you before I had even read the entire discussion that this was an attempt to scam you. Wouldn't it be nice to have an extra $2500 dollars to spend, but I know that it is not going to happen, at least not for no reason at all. It is the people like you and I that know these kinds of things are scams that these scamsters hate because we not only won't fall for them ourselves, we also inform other people of their illegal behavior which means that there are even less people to fall for the scams.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
26 Jul 10
maybe one day they won't be able to fool anybody!
@tovk12 (227)
• India
25 Jul 10
Yeah i know the feeling. I remember getting my first email like this. The winning amount was huge and I dreamed a lot of how to spend the money. Got a lot of emails with all sort of information on letter heads etc. As i was new to internet i readily believed these and tried to take a loan to pay the initial amount. Luckily i was working in a Financial institution and got an office communication about frauds of this sort and was saved. Be cautious and don't fall for these scams. Lately there are scams about jobs too...
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
26 Jul 10
Scams about jobs? Like what? Online jobs?
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
25 Jul 10
You too?! I also won something today. I got a call in my celphone today, from a 208 area code. It also said that I won a cruise because they randomly generated my phone number. Imagine that. Of course this was not the first time I got this kind of call so I hanged up even before they could tell me what information I have to give them first.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
26 Jul 10
awwwww no cruise? :-(
• United States
24 Jul 10
or maybe the FBI.they don't really like scams coming in from other countries. i'm not sure if the P.O. has juristiction on canada mail..
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
26 Jul 10
Maybe not, but probably they'd forward it to the right authority or tell me who that is.
• United States
24 Jul 10
Something similar to your experience happened to a cousin of mine and to me. We both received a check from a fake "secret shopper" outfit out of Canada. I guess scammers will continue to use these gimmicks as long as someone falls for it. By the way, I did not fall for it.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
26 Jul 10
Me either, but obviously somebody does, or these guys would give up and find something else to do.
@monkeylong (3146)
• Guangzhou, China
24 Jul 10
Yeah, as far as I am concerned, I think it must a scam that may cheat you so much. If I were you, I think I will not pay the teaxes to get the money there. I just do not want to be cheated by them . If I have paied the money there, I think I will get the $2,500.Have a nice day!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
26 Jul 10
It's a scam. I didn't even consider it.
@bokal2703 (802)
• Philippines
24 Jul 10
whoa...lots of scammers in the world eh? =) im glad you are wise enough not to fall for those kind of people...
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
26 Jul 10
I've seen it too many times and heard too much about it...
@derek_a (10902)
24 Jul 10
I had something like that in the mail several years ago - also someone from Canada. I was used to having them via e-mail and realized that there's not a lot you can do about it and the scammers are rarely found. But this being an actual letter, I thought there may be a better chance of tracing them, so I took it to the police station and left it with them. They seemed quite pleased to have it because they said most people don't bother to take them in. They gave it to the fraud department and seemed very optimistic that they would be able to trace it back to where it came from. But I heard no more, so perhaps it led to nothing.. _Derek
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
26 Jul 10
You probably wouldn't have heard back unless for some reason they needed you to testify.
@greenace (124)
• Philippines
24 Jul 10
anybody here knows any cyber police or legal sites to which these scammers may be reported?..i'm quite sure more than 90% of all internet users (assuming that they have an e-mail addie, which is obviously needed in most virtual transaction) had received similar scam e-mails of all sort..
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
26 Jul 10
I have. In this case, it was an actual letter though.
@LouieWpHs04 (4560)
• United States
24 Jul 10
Well the sad thing about things like this is that a lot of scammers wouldn't even waste their time if it didn't fool at least some people. They would simply just move on to their next scheme, =/
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
26 Jul 10
Exactly right...
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
24 Jul 10
I would be extremely careful before accepting this check. I would show it to your bank and get a good explanation. The chances are the check may be fake. I hope this check is not a disappointment for you, but check it out. Better safe than sorry!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
26 Jul 10
Oh I know it's fake.
@Memnon (2173)
24 Jul 10
Me too. Of course, by making the premium rate telephone call you are having an effect on your bank account. At about $4 a minute!
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
26 Jul 10
Even worse...