is tla coral springs, florida a genuine prize distributor? have received letter today telling me I have won a vast sum of $AUD but need to forward $30 immediately for administration fees. have only ten days to complete transaction. is this a scam
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Hello and thank you for entrusting me to answer your question. Unfortunately, this is a scam and you should avoid any further contact with the individual who sent you that letter.More specifically, this scammer is operating a variation of what is commonly known as an "advance fee" scam. In this type of scam, individuals are contacted and informed of sweepstakes winnings or some other financial windfall and eventually told that they need to pay a tax, "processing fee" or bank transfer fee in order to receive their winnings. Don't be fooled, there is no prize and the $30 you have been asked to send will go to this scammer and you'll never hear from them again.See here for examples of other people who have received this exact same scam letter from TLA coral Springs: http://www.scamdex.com/ScamTipReport.php?num=1590See here for more information about this type of scam generally: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2006/10/nationalframe.shtmDO NOT give out your personal information. Keep all bank and credit card information to yourself as it can make you vulnerable to fraudulent use of your accounts or identity theft.DO NOT respond. Simply corresponding with the operators of this type of scam increases your chances of receiving similar offers. I sincerely XXXXX XXXXX this information helps you and I wish you the best.My greatest concern is that you are satisfied with the answer I provide, so please do not hesitate to contact me with follow-up questions. Although I cannot always provide good news, I hope that my answer gives you a better understanding of the law and your rights so that you can obtain the best possible result under the circumstances. Also, please bear in mind that experts are not credited for unaccepted answers, so I greatly appreciate you taking the time to "accept" my answer and leave positive feedback.Finally, none of the above constitutes legal advice nor is any attorney client relationship created between us.
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