Lotto Co-operation Sweepstakes Lottery Informative - Rip-off - Shopping Award

Review by dabean on 2009-11-22
SHERMAN OAKS, CALIFORNIA -- I received a letter from National Lotto Co-operation Sweepstakes Lottery indicating I had won the sum of $150,000.00 US dollars from total prize money of 1.5 US Dollars for a "shopping award" in conjunction with Samsung promotions held Oct 24, 2009 (This was based on computer selection of winners based on shopping at WAL-MART, COSCO, SAM'S CLUB, K-MART and many other consumer stores)per this letter. With this letter, I received a check from MOTION ASSOCIATION, INC. drawn on a JP Morgan Chase Bank check for the sum of $3,987.96. This of course was to cover my tax amount of $2,998.00 to be paid to Western Union or Moneygram through my "Tax Agent". It's interesting that of the many electronics I own, NONE are Samsung, nor have I entered any sweepstakes. Be aware of scams of this type.

You can best believe, if anyone won that much money in the US, taxes would not be in the 2 percentile. I intend to take all materials received to our local police department to have them investigate this company.
Comments:7 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-12-23
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-22:
This is a big time scam. After you deposit the check and wire the money to them, the bank realizes the check is a fake. Since you wired the money to the scammers the bank takes that amount from you.
Posted by Pepper on 2009-11-22:
VH review

And - since you received the scam via the mail, go to the USPS to file a compliant.

If I'm not mistaken, using the USPS for scams like that is a federal offense.
Posted by bcd on 2009-11-22:
That company probably does not exist.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-22:
Jeeez...the scammers are getting more desperate and more sophisticated by the day. I reallllly wish we could push a button and POOF them all into a room with each other to be locked forever.
Posted by Ytropious on 2009-11-22:
I can't believe anyone falls for that kind of stuff, but I guess someone out there does if they keep doing it.
Posted by Nohandle on 2009-11-22:
Dabean, my mom would have fallen for this one in a minute. Why? She was raised in an era when most people were trustworthy. Times obviously have changed and the more informed the better.

You probably need to take the time to drop the letter off at the USPS so they will have a record rather than the Police Department. If a local scam, not using the USPS, then contact the PD. That's done here from time to time with those fly by night home repair services who want money in advance and never show up again. Many homeowners have learned the hard way with that one.
Posted by atexun2425 on 2009-12-23:
I have the exact same letter and check in my hand right now. Check looks legit, drawn on Chase Bank. Letter was mailed from Canada, but no return address. Only thing in the letter is a claim number and a phone number to my "tax agent". We enter games and sweepstakes all the time, so when my wife opened the letter, we got excited. After a bit of review and investigation we are now pissed! We have to laugh about it but I can see where some people would be caught up in believing it was real. I am going to Chase today and to the Post Office to report these scamers.

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