Sweepstakes Scams

The Better Business Bureau says three sweepstakes companies are running scams.

CDN Financial, TD Financial and P. & A. Financial are the companies listed in the BBB consumer alert.

The BBB says these companies are mailing letters to people, saying they've won up to $525,000. The award letters include a check that is supposed to pay taxes on the winnings. The BBB says the checks are counterfeit, and that these companies are running a scam.

Remember, officials say you should not have to pay upfront on a sweepstakes win.

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  • by Bob Moon Location: Signal Mountain, Tn on Sep 23, 2010 at 05:44 PM
    Honeywell Securities Inc. sent an official Winning Final Notification letter and check to pay taxes. Allege that Nexflex International is running a sweepstakes. Beware, obvious fraud.
  • by Bill Location: Bloomington,IL on Jul 28, 2009 at 11:21 AM
    My wife received a letter from Shopper's Voice and 2 fradulent checks for $26,640 and $2,960 drawn on Twin Rivers Federal Credit Union in Masserna, NY. A call to the Credit Union 888-315-2219 confirmed that the checks were bogus. I never called to find out how to obtain the affidavit.
  • by BRENDA Location: PA on Jul 18, 2009 at 10:15 AM
  • by dolly Location: fl on Jul 17, 2009 at 12:46 PM
    My boyfriend got the exact same letter saying that he had won money but had to send this check to get the affidavit. It is a scam.
  • by Ron Location: Delta; Ohio on Jul 17, 2009 at 10:10 AM
    My mother received a letter with two checks from shoppers voice stating she won a drawing. Turned out to be a scam from Delve Legal Services. Contact agent was Sarah Frances @ 1 877 255 5314 ext#3
  • by Larry Location: Utah on May 2, 2009 at 08:56 PM
    My son just received a letter from Time Warner Simpler Marketing Sweepstakes Division. With two checks, him being the 6th winner. Winning a raffle for $26,148.40 USD. Along with a letter and the cost for a legal affidavit in the amout of $2,614.84 USD. The affidavit can be obtained from Delve Legal Services, which when Googled appears to be a real organization. He is supposed to call Sarah Maxwell at 1-866-990-3790. The checsk are from DELVE LLC; Enterprise Banking. Thanks everyone for the information.
  • by Carol Location: Mentone, AL on Apr 28, 2009 at 04:13 PM
    The Time Warner Simpler marketing Division Scam is still alive and kicking. I got one today saying I'd won $29,500. A check for the whole amount was included along with another check for 10% of that to cover the 'legal affidavit' without which it is supposedly illegal to even receive the prize check. (Does that mean I broke the law just opening the envelope?) Of course, you have to go through their lawyer to get the affidavit. I didn't bother to call, but I'm sure it works the same way . . . cash or deposit the check and send them cash. The really funny thing was that it was in a plain envelope with a computer generated address sticker (last name first)and the 'letterhead' chopped off the 'Ti' in Time Warner. What a joke!
  • by James Location: W sacramento, ca on Feb 5, 2009 at 05:05 PM
    I just got through talking to a women who claimed she was an Attorney hired by Time Warner. I was issued two checks also, one was a cashiers check and she said it could not bounce. (Cashier Checks can be canelled too). I questioned this attorney and she had some convincing language, but still I am confident it is another check scam. She asked me to call her back and I never did. BEWARE
  • by Olga Location: San Antonio, TX on Jan 24, 2009 at 05:11 PM
    Got the same letter. I was skeptical but in the back of my mind, thinking "Wow what if this is true." Thank goodness for the internet. I am a Time Warner customer and so is my elderly Mother and I told her about this. The elderly are vulnerable to these sorts of prize scams and I encourage everyone to alert their elderly relatives, who for the most part do not use the internet.
  • by Jack Location: Pittsburgh PA on Jan 24, 2009 at 10:26 AM
    Same Time Warner Simpler Marketing Sweepstake 48,000 check and 1890 The 1890 drawn on Space Coast Credit Union which you can google and fine in FL Address in Melbourne but phone number is not right Hopeful people atleast check the net and not fall for these scams.. I will call the credit union and tell them about the fake checks J
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