I received three checks allegedly from a company called "Manpower." It really is quite odd because there is a legitimate company called Manpower and I HAVE applied with them before!!! The checks came with a letter stating I was to complete paid training as a secret shopper at Walmart stores anywhere and the funds needed to purchase the items were included with my payment. I checked out "Manpower" and the site "indeed" (job bank) is legitimately hiring secret shoppers!!!!!!! I called the bank and they are no longer called "Carolina First" but "TD" and the teller told me that the checks come up as fraud. Thank you to my sleuthing skills!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Four days ago I got a letter shipped from Canada from the company called ENCANA INC. 4610 Wellington Way, Vancouver, BC, V5J 5N7 saying that I won $9700 for filling our a survey with $998.87 CITI Bank check made out to my name. They (Mia Draker or Lacy) will send me a remaining amount as soon as I deposit first check. No SSN or Bank acc numbers asked. Letter was signed by the Parker Nathans-Promotion Manager. When the first check cleared she told me to go ahead and buy a MONEY PAK card and deposit that check on the card so that money is available for TAXES when the time comes. "Don't scratch the card till you are ready to use it for taxes" and "all we will need from you is a copy of the receipt to verify that you purchased the card and you will pay your taxes". Well then I found out from the Money Pak fraud line that receipt has printed same number that's behind the silver stripe-an actual account number. I didn't purchase one since that made me realize that they are trying to take that money from me and most likely their check I deposited is going to bounce back in a day or two . I called them back and told them that I will report them to every agency. I also recorded the entire conversation on my Ipad so I have a proof if anyone ever has any questions. It's a SCAM! They almost got me.
i got a check from the same company and wondering if its a scam. this check is about payment for a photoshoot for Urbanette Magazine
I also received a letter with a check in it. I was leery, but I called the number 905-782-0273. Ask for Jennifer Grey. Lacey wilberman picked up and told me Jennifer was out on maternity leave. I was waiting for her to ask for personal info when she didn't. I opened a new account at a new bank with the "cheque". My daughter told me to google the company, nothing so I put in the address on the letter and wind up here. Thanks for getting the word out. I also reported it to the bank. They will investigate.
I recived this yesterday. Had probloms all day trying to cash this so called "winnings". Luckly noone cashed this. I feel like a damn fool. The womans name has now changed to "regina wright". With the number of 905 782 0630.
I received letter (and check) yesterday and reported it to the consumer fraud division of the post office.
Thank you all for your comments.
My husband who has been out of work rec'd this letter and thought our troubles were over.
I assured him that it must be a scam. Sure enough as you all know it is.
What jerks these people are to mess with peoples emotions in such tough times.
One can only hope that karma will bite em back some day.
Hmmmm... I dunno why everyone else had problems with this....
I got a letter from these same people... I called and confirmed the prize and received my money just as they promised....
Okay..... so I am a compulsive liar. Sue me !!!!
Yeah, I KNEW this was a scam from the start. I live by the rule of "If it seems too good to be true.... you can bet that it most likely is."
Got the letter and the check... just like everyone else.... but from M.S. Bradford Co. instructing me to call Linda Green @ 905-782-0238
I ALWAYS check phone numbers for things like this before calling them. I am glad that this site is here.
I, or rather my deceased mother, just got the Westwood Ave letter with 905-781-8191 as the call back number. My mom passed away nearly a year ago and wasn't in any condition to fill out the survey they say won her the prize for a long time before then because of dementia. So I knew it had to be a scam, even before I got down to the line about the claim being CANCELLED if anyone other than the claim holder calls in. Are they targeting the elderly? Kind of sounds like it.
They are using another address! 6710 Westwood Ave. Vancouver, BC V5J 7N2. They sent me a check for the amount of $997.67. The company on the check says m.s. bradford co. on Hilton head island. Smh
Just received a similar letter with a check from Carolina First Bank, Hilton Head Island, SC. The letter was from M.S. Bradford Co. but the address & phone number is the same as the one for Bent and Kent Management. The contact person is listed as Lina Ryan.
The thing that I find disturbing is that I found nothing do a websearch on them.
Yes I received the same letter. When I called they did not ask me for any info. They said for me o go cash the check and to let them know that it cleared to fedex the balance. What I do not uderstand is that how could they benefit if they did not ask for ay info. needless to say I called the bank which was a defunct bank ow owned by TD Bank. TD bank said the check was real and so was the account. They could not divulge any information wether the check could be covered. I asked the bank lady does she think its a haox and she said yes. I called Veda back at 905.781.9920 and she assured me the money is there. She said she would call the supervisor and then get back to me in 15 minutes. Which she never called back. They sound very convicing on the phone. I just don't understand how do they gain anything if they were adamantly against asking for my personal info. Anybody know what would have been the conclusion had I spent that money.
I received the same letter. I called them to find out what it was about and made it clear to them I was very leery. They told me to cash the check and call them once I cashed the check. I called the bank that the check was issued from and they told me it was a fraudulent check. I called the number back and talked to Patricia White and Linda Green... hmmm. I played stupid with them and acted like I really thought I won. After their entire pitch on how I won I told them I knew it was a scam and they assured me it was not. The lady argued with me stating that it is not a scam and it is a valid check. They still did not ask any personal information. I do not understand what these people are gaining...
I just received the check also and to contact Greg Meyers. I am glad that I check it out and thank all of all for your notes..
I just Googled the phone # 905-781-8190. Cell phone #, company is "Fido Solutions Inc." LMAO! In Brampton, Ontario. I could get the owners name and address for $4.99, but it's probably fake too.
Yep, I got the same. Called to contact Mark Smith. He said it was legit, they send you the 997.xx to pay for the taxes and don't want any information from me. The only way to verify that I am who I say I am is to cash the check and show proof of I.D @ my bank, then I need to call back w/ my claim # and they will send the remaining balance via FED-EX. I can't find any information PERIOD on M.S. Bradford Co. Why can't we report them to the BBB? The Carolina First Bank is legit, I to am going to call the bank to let them know whats going down..... If it's to good to be true, it usually is.....
Same here! Our bank in my town said you can try to cash the check then you receive a call or letter saying "this was a mistake and please send back the $$$$" If you don;t they threaten to prosecute...
My bank also called their fraud dept...the fraud dept asked "..Are you referring to Bent & Kent?" without even being asked!!!! Ha! then I called my number assigned to me with my claim #...told them the check was fradulent....and they hung up on me....I called back again and they DID NOT ANSWER....probably have my number on caller ID...........EVERYONE BEWARE!!!!
mom of 9
I contacted the police after asking my bank manager to confirm that it is a fake. The police said that these people know that the FEDs won't investigate an incident involving an amount less than $10,000.
Jusa Mass just a scam
I to received my letter from Bent and Kent Management, and i was somewhat excited but a little curious to the fact because nothing like this happens to me. I took my check or in their spelling "cheque" to my bank and deposited it. I then did as instructed and called back to verify that i had followed instructions, so that i could get the rest of my winnings, when I called there was no answer. I then became very suspicious because if you call a legitimate establishment your gonna be connected with some kind of telecommunications such as a computer message saying that all of our representatives are currently busy assisting other customers, or something. Instead it lead to a message such as the caller u are calling is not availiable at the time so please check the number and dial again. I then went home and google searched the name and it came to this about it being fraud. I immediately went back to my bank and got the check back. The bank teller looked up the name of the bank on the check and found a number. she then called and she told them where she was calling from and whom the check was made out to, and before she could get the name of the company on the check out the lady from the bank on the check told her that it was absolutely 100% fraudulent. So if you or anyone you know receives this letter please put it in the shredder as soon as possible
It's exactly the same letter that I received it's good I tried to log in and found out It's a scam
I received also a letter saying congratulation I won a cash prize with a check in the amount of 998.75 at Security State Bank & Trust and told me to contact Linda Green regarding further details with the prize. Funds will not be available until confirm that I received. Bent and Kent Management was the sender and the address was6710 Meadows Drive Vancouver. BC V5N 7 J5 J. Roberts Promotion Manager the check was signed by Jusa Mass. Its good I tried check if the have a website but it came out and read some who received a letter like with the same content.
imma not a dumbass
hahahahahaaaa funny people life isnt bad enough without scammers an thieves like these guys , bad thing is some old lady or somebody desperat will give up enough information to these fakes in hopes of easy money. i got one thing to say to these guys ill be calling bbb an they can go GET BENT!
PS HOPE THEY ARE NOT THE ONES WHO SET THIS WEBSITE UP AN ARE HACKIN OUR PUTERS NOW TG FOR NORTON
Instead of try to get a hold of the BBB. Call the Attorney General they will take your calls. I got the same letter as all of you.
i tried to report them to the BBB in Canada but they adjusted their zip code so the address provided with Meadows Drive is invalid.. it is sad that some will or have fallen for this scam.. they must have my number as "do not answer" because i tell them i knew they were scamming due to the internet ! busted their bubble !
****and for those who idd actually deposit the check just go down to the bank and let them know they will freeze the check and investigate that way you dont get in trouble for "spending the money" .. i called my bank to let them know that i wanted a direct call if anything is to be withdrawn or purchased over the amount of $100 so i can verify it is indeed myself
I just got THE letter yesterday. First think I did was google the company name and accessed this site. No surprise to find out it was scam. Too bad. Because of today's economy there are probably alot of people out there who got this letter and could have really used the money only to find out it wasn't gonna happen. Good thing I wasn't born yesterday!
I WENT ONTO THE BANK'S WEBSITE THAT SHOWED UP ON THE CHECK AND THIS IS WHAT I FOUND !
GUARD YOUR FINANCIAL INFORMATION
The bank has received several calls regarding a scam that is being attempted using a SWEEPSTAKES CLAIM NOTIFICATION. Personalized letters have been received with Claim Numbers of prize money that is being forwarded and requires a fax and return call for verification. This is a SCAM with intent to defraud funds from personal accounts. If you receive ANY notification asking for your private financial information, DO NOT CALL, EMAIL OR FAX.
i too received a letter saying i won $9700.. i tried reporting them to the BBB but they must know how to make it hard on us.. i kept calling them to let them know i know its a scam and they hung up on me multiple times and eventually stopped answering my calls. i find this unjust for them to do this to inocent people
I just read the other posts, and applause to the ones who actually called the bank.
Thank you all for helping expose this to anyone smart enough to check the internet before falling for this!
It will give me great joy to put this junk through the shredder.
I got one of these letters and checks today, exactly like everyone else posting here.
I've been lucky enough to win quite a few legitimate prizes over the years, and this has the hallmarks of a scam. All the same letters, all the same checks, cheap envelope, suspicious wording. (For instance, the letter states that you are THE winner, not ONE OF THE WINNERS.)
Did everyone else also have that light gray printing of: "CLAIM: WG27630920" as the prize reference number under the date on their letter? It doesn't look right to me.