Complaint / review text:
My husband also received a check for $4980.00 and a letter stating that he had won the shoppers sweepstakes for the sum of $250,000.00. The check is to cover taxes on his "big winnings". They also stated that the tax amount is $2995.00, which he needs to send by moneygram. Then they go on and say not to use the check until he calls them first.
Yeah, right! This is a scam. First clue — I'm not sending anybody any money for something that I won! Second clue — Don't use the check until you contact them first. And thirdly — The taxes on this big winning would be well over $2995.00.
My husband said that maybe it wasn't a scam. So I decided to do some research. The bank on the check is Firstrust Savings Bank with a Pennsylvania address. When I looked them up on the internet I found a Firstrust Bank (no savings in their name) with the same address, but the city was misspelled on the check. Then I noticed that the first set of numbers along the bottom of the check was only six digits. It should be a nine digit routing number. Also, the last set of numbers along the bottom should be the check number. Guess what? It's not.
Then I looked up Greenwich Securities on the internet and found this canada-complaints.com site. I looked at two others who reported receiving the same letter and check and noticed that the address on my letter was slightly different and the phone number is completely different. 905-598-5656
I made enough points to convince my husband that this was, indeed, a scam. I hate it when people try to scam others. Please tell your friends and relatives not to believe this junk mail. Shred it, throw it away or at least do the research. If it's too good to be true then it probable is!