Allen Read of Colorado Springs wanted me to check and see if he really was $150,000 richer. Allen I'm sorry to say... you're not!
Allen got a check which looks real, but isn't. The $3,120.75 check is what Allen is supposed to use to pay the processing fees. But the company issuing the check, Prime Contractors out of Houston, Texas says... it's a fake. It's been getting calls all over the country because the address and phone number are accurate, but that's about it.
Whenever you get one of these letters claiming you're a winner... do what I do... have fun debunking it!
In this case the letter was mailed from Canada, the phone number you're supposed to dial is in Montreal... yet the check is from Houston, Texas... and the Reader's Digest claims office is in Skokie, Illinois. Does that make sense? No. On top of that, the letter spells Reader's Digest... as Readers Digest... you think the crooks could've looked that up... because that's another red flag.
Remember, if you've really won a sweepstakes you won't be sent a check and told to pay fees upfront. Nobody does that except crooks!
Feel free to send me your sweepstakes offers and I'll share them with others and debunk them here.
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