Warning! If You Get One of These Don't Cash it!

United States
March 24, 2007 11:41am CST
I recieved a letter and check from Mega 2000 today claiming I won a ton of money in an international lotto drawing. They sent me a check for $2,998.80. My dad works at a bank and did some research into this. Apparantly many people have recieved the same thing, and it's a huge scam! Some poor woman deposited the money and used it to pay off bills and the checkbalanced. All of the letters have been sent in the past 2 weeks. I thought I'd let everyone know not to do this in case anyone else got a letter.
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39 responses
@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
24 Mar 07
I don't understand how people get these checks and decide that it okay to cash them. That just seems crazy to me. I guess some people are just that gullible. In a day and age where you almost need to question the validity of everything, why would you trust a random check?
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• United States
24 Mar 07
Exactly! Seriously, what are the chances that someone will win some foreign lottery through some organization in a country they have never visited or even heard of? Matters such as this (check scams) is common sense, how would they have even heard of you? And why you and not someone else? Why would someone pick you to help them claim their inheritance? Why not contact someone in their own country, someone, much-much-much-much closer to them so they can collect on the funds quicker!? Why jump two oceans over and select a total and complete stranger to help claim your inheritance? Or to win the lottery? I understand financial problems can be very stressful. However, acting to quickly will make your problems go from stressful to criminal - even if you are the victim. I don't blame banks for going after these people (victims) to get their money, people shouldn't be so gullable. Moments of financial stress call for carefulness not carelessness.
• United States
24 Mar 07
I agree with you. A lot of these scams make no sense, and I don't understand why people fall for them. I need to be really careful about my money right nowe, so I'm really glad I didn't just go deposit the check like some people would have done.
@healer (1784)
• India
24 Mar 07
OMG! thats a big scam, anyway is there anyway to catch these guys who are behind this?. I really don't appreciate those things specially to those people who have used their money lavishly thinking that their account have been credited without knowing its a scam. Hope mylot is not a scam.
• United States
24 Mar 07
Mylot isn't a scam, people have proof of payment. I haven't been paid yet, but I've seen proof of payment from others before I joined the site.
@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
24 Mar 07
Thanks for the info and I just hate when they do that. I received them in my emails and I just deleate them. If I ever get one of them there would be no way I would ever believe them. Its such a shame we have to be like that. We just cant trust anyone.
• United States
24 Mar 07
I don't even look at e-mails that say I've won something. Since this came in the mail though, it made it a little bit different.
• United States
24 Mar 07
It all goes to these words.... if its too good to be true it ususally is. Especially if you did nothing to get it!
• United States
24 Mar 07
Exactly. There is no such thing as getting something for nothing.
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
24 Mar 07
I lot of these letters come with a phrase that you should cash it and send them $1000 and then they well send you more saying that you have won 1 million dollars and this is just a security or something like that. I received on a couple of years ago and called the number on the check to verufy it. I got an automated response that after entering the check number it said it was valid. I still doubted whether it was reall so I did an internet search for the bank and found the corporate headquarters and called them. When I asked them about the check they said it was fake so I needed to distroy it. They said it was a scam and that people would cash the check and send the sender of the check the $1000 in hopes of getting the million then the check would be found to be fake which could take several weeks and then you would be out the money that you spent and the money you sent to the scammer and then all the baounced check fees. These people make money because there are a lot of fools that well do exactly what they want them to do and send them money. They do not care that they are hurting people.
• United States
24 Mar 07
People who do this really piss me off. Basically the check I recieved todday was to cover fees. First of all, why should I be paying fees (other than possibly taxes) on money I supposedly earned?
24 Mar 07
That is madness. What do these people gain from sending phoney checks out? It just upsets people for no reason! Some people are very stupid. I think they need to get real jobs rather than keep upsetting others.
• United States
24 Mar 07
I totally agree with you. I don't see how anyone, including the scammer gets anything out of this.
@sharon613 (2324)
• United States
25 Mar 07
I have already gotten two letters in the past recently stating I've won a sweepstakes. I wish you would of posted it up sooner. I deposited the both checks. The bank returned them stating it was a fraudgulent check. The first time the bank had let it slide, the second time the bank was annoyed and put a hold on my account for a year. Now on account of these stupid people who don't give a damm about anyone other then themselves, I can't have access to my checking account and not only can I have access to my account they had stopped my check cashing privileges at 7-ll. Now I go to walmart or a check cashing place who knows me to get checks cashed!
@GardenGerty (87574)
• Marion, Kansas
25 Mar 07
This is a good warning, and I hope many people read this discussion. There is no such thing as free money. If you have not entered a lottery, you cannot win a lottery. Do not get ripped off! This is a discussion that needs revisiting to keep it at the top.
• United States
25 Mar 07
omg thats terrible i would be so excited and then its all a lie :(
@ULTRASul (47)
• Romania
25 Mar 07
some people have nothing else to do and just make stupid jokes on other people. there are a lot of scams all over the internet
@seamonkey (1982)
• Ireland
25 Mar 07
Well, that is a really good way to mess up someone's life, isn't it? I guess it's a similar mentality to sending out viruses to infect people's computers. The perosn isn't gaining from it in any way other then to cause harm to others. That's just cruel.
• Philippines
25 Mar 07
so how could it be a scam when you already got the check? So what happesns when you encash the check.
@towongfoo27 (2989)
• United States
25 Mar 07
I have also received paper checks via winning some lottery in Darfur or the UK. It is clearly a scam, especially if you don't play the lottery to begin with. I have never even heard of a UK lottery. It is a wise move on you and your dad's part to research more about the fake check. I was tempted a month ago when I also received a fake check, but I trusted my first reaction and destroyed it. I'll tell you what, my garbage is so much richer for it! I hope they catch the criminals trying to scam and rip-off people. Please keep your eyes open and let the Mylot community know of any other scams. I bet you are glad now that you trusted your gut reaction about the fake check.
• United States
25 Mar 07
Thanxs, yaa looots of online lottery send u these junk stuff...but in the end you loose your money, bye
@kgwat70 (13398)
• United States
25 Mar 07
I am aware of these scams as they have been going on for a long time, though usually they are sent through email. I used to get notifications like this in my email all the time but not recently. I would definitely never cash something like that, especially if I never played or never heard of the lottery. That is good that your father researched it as he probably saved you a lot of money or worse.
@freak369 (4702)
• United States
25 Mar 07
Chances are they are hoping that people will deposit the checks so they can get the bacnk information from them or the routing numbers. There are some checks that have clauses to them, like if you deposit them, you are automatically signed up for a program or to switch your phone service. Sure, these types of checks aren't for thousands of dollars but a lot of people get them and cash them without reading the fine print.
@whyiswyh (170)
• Malaysia
25 Mar 07
I never heard of it until now.Thanks for the info
• India
25 Mar 07
i do not understand why people want to send phony checks in the first place!! i mean, if they are a scam, then why dont they justs end nothing!! its easier that way for them and for the people who got duped too right??
@funrocky (156)
• India
25 Mar 07
Yes I have also received a mail, saying you have won $2,50,000, and asked me pay some tax charges of about $870 but I didnt pay anything to them.
@manvik (938)
• Hungary
25 Mar 07
Its quite interesting to have read about this incidence.But one thing I cannot understand how these scammers knew your address.I was also a victim of this kind of scams.It was a Nigerian scam.Thanks for the warning.