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Thank you for the information. I am afraid that you have been scammed out of your hard earned money. This "sweepstakes" notification was a complete fraud set up to take your money. There is not such thing as a Government agency being involved in sweepstakes or contests and no legitimate sweepstakes will ever ask for payment up front in order for a "winner" to receive their funds. This is true even if there are taxes or fees to pay. They will always take those fees or taxes from the winnings before sending them. In addition, there would be no legitimate sweepstakes that would go through the Philippines for distribution. Finally, if you don't remember entering the sweepstakes, it is another obvious indication of a scam.
At this point, all you can do is report the fraud to the Federal Trade Commission. You can read more about sweepstakes scams and find out how to report what has occurred by going to the following link: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0199-prize-scams
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