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Hello again and thank you for your patience while I have done some research on your question.
I believe that this company is trying to get you to fall for what is known as the "scratch off scam". Let me explain how the scam works:
1. A company will send out brochures with scratch tickets as part of a "promotion." Each person/address receives two scratch off cards. What they don't tell you is that 1 or both of the scratch off cards you receive will always be a winner.
2. Once you scratch it off and discover one or both of your tickets is a winner, the company will give you contact details for claiming your prize.
3. The company will come up with some kind of excuse that will you have to pay fees, membership expenses, taxes or other processing charges upfront in order to claim your prize (This is the $3,600 request in your case).
4. Typically the scammers will ask you to send the money to them using Western Union, Moneygram, Visa/Mastercard Gift Cards or iTunes Gift Cards. They may also ask you to make a cash deposit in a bank account or send cash using a courier service. The scammers use these methods because the recipient of the money cannot be traced once the money has been picked up. Once you send the money using these types of services, you will never see it again.
5. No legitimate sweepstakes company will ever charge you up front to claim a prize. If you really did win a prize, the company giving it out would simply give it to you. Any processing fees or other fees would simply be deducted from your winnings. Also, for sweepstakes winnings you have the option to choose if you wanted taxes withheld up front or not. But paying taxes is not required up front, you can pay when you file your tax return at the end of the year.
6. In short, any time someone asks you to pay them so they can give you a prize, IT IS A SCAM.
I would recommend that you cease all further communication with this company and DO NOT SEND MONEY FOR ANY REASON.
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Hello again yes I have seen many letters like this before but it does not change the bot***** *****ne. No legitimate sweepstakes company will ever charge you up front to claim your prize. If you really did win a prize, the company giving it out would simply give it to you. Any processing fees, or other fees would simply be deducted from your winnings. There is no reason you need to pay $3,600 as a security deposit to claim your prize.
Additionally there is no such thing as a legitimate international lottery or sweepstakes. They are all unlawful because of variations in law among countries, which make them impossible. You would NEVER have to deal with Hong Kong to win an sweepstakes in Australia.
My recommendation here is to walk away. If you send the $3,600 you will not see it again.
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