Summarize the Sweepstakes Scam
I recently got a letter from IWON telling me that I had won 15000.00, the letter included two checks one for 15000.00 and one for 3620.00. I took them to my bank and they called the credit union that the checks were drawn on and they verified that both checks were fraudulent. The woman that I had talked to on the phone wanted me to cash the smaller check and send her the cash so that she could UPS me my affidavit enabling me to cash the larger check the next day. Watch out if you get anything from IWON, it is a scam!
More Details about the Sweepstakes Scam
I received the notification by mail from a law firm in Illinios, it had what appeared to be legitimate information on the letter, and was written using plenty of legal terms. It appeared to be real in every respect, even right down to the IWON logo stamped on both the envelope and the letterhead.
Tips and Tricks
- I became suspect when the woman at the "law firm" wanted me to cash the smaller of the two checks and send her the money. If anyone wants you to send them any money, even if it looks like it is their own, always check with your financial institution first!
Sandra Grauschopf, About.com Contests & Sweepstakes, says:This is a great example of a check scam, which can have serious consequences if you fall for the scam. Remember that for any big prizes like this, you'd need to fill out an affidavit before receiving the prize. And Meigster was exactly right, you should never have to pay to receive prizes!
Also remember that IWON is a legitimate company, scammers were simply using their name to try to appear more legitimate.