PWC Financial Informative - Nigerian Scam - Warning
FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA -- I received a letter on the letterhead of PWC Financial, a Division of PW Commission, Fayettteville, NC. The letter came with a check enclosed for $3,950.00, which was supposed to be a partial payment of prize monies in the total amount of $54,000.00. This money represents prize money from unclaimed prizes drawn from such sources as Reader's Digest, Publisher's Clearing House, Online Sweepstakes and Internet Games, etc.
I was directed to call a telephone number and activate/authorize the check with a claim number. Upon authentication, I was told to deposit the check, and to call back when the bank cleared it. I was made suspicious by several things in the body of the letter, not the least of which was a high number of typos, and the fact that the3 phone numbers given were not in North Carolina, but in Alberta, Canada. I contacted the USPS Security Division, and was informed that they had run into this letter and check before, and that I would be told to send a good portion of the $3,950.00 to an address to "take care of the taxes," and I would never hear from them again.
I called the phone number this morning, and was told I had to send $2,900.00 to another address, to take care of the taxes on the prize total. I asked the person I was talking to if he was in Lagos, Nigeria, and he asked what that had to do with this procedure. I informed him that the check was counterfeit, based on my investigation.
When you call the area code 403 numbers in the letter, Area code 403 is in Albert, Canada, while Fayetteville, NC is 910 Area code, and I am confident that any call to those numbers rings through to Lagos, Nigeria. PW Commission, and one name on the check go to the Public Works Commission in Fayetteville, NC. I tried contacting them, without any response. What would a rural Public Works Commission be doing handling prize monies in a contest?
Watch out if you receive one of these letters. the check is counterfeit, and if your bank does erroneously clear it initially, it will come back on your and you would be held liable for it. The next step would be sending the lion's share of the money to the scammers in Nigeria.