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Is the Award Notification Commission a scam?

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I have received a message gram from Award Notification Commission P.O. Box 2905 Kansas City, KS 66110 saying that I am eligible for a prize of $2,000,000.00 and that I should send $25.00 for processing. The Director Of Operations is Brian Peters.

Please help to verify that this a scam?

Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Consumer Protection Law
Expert:  Ellen replied 6 years ago.

This appears to be a common scam that reappears in many places and under many names. You can read about similar scams at the Internet Crime Complaint Center.

Eventually the con artist may even send you a cashier's check or money order and request that you deposit it the check and send back a portion of the funds. At some time in the future - after you have sent the money - you will find that the check you deposited was fraudulent and the money will be assessed against you.

Here is the site to file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center:

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Money transfer and fake check scams explained

Scams where entities promise you money if you can deposit some money to "secure" it are known as money transfer scams and fake check scams. They go out of their way to make their premise seem believable, then run off with your money before you’re even sure what happened. Some mailers indicate you’ve been awarded upwards of a million dollars, although it seems that there are ranges of amounts these letters request you to pay out of pocket. Some letters advise you to seek financial advice for this large sum of money you’ve won. These letters also have a record of being a part of a sweepstake, where an actual winner has not yet been selected. By responding to such letters, you will likely find yourself in a chain of similar “winning” notifications, when in fact, you’ve won nothing more than junk mail and hassle.

What can you do?

If you receive any letter requesting personal information, a deposit of your money or anything else you believe could be a scam. The following tips can help you.

  • Consult an Expert. If they are unable to verify a certain scam, they can put you in contact with someone who can.
  • Report what you’ve received. Above you will find a link where you can report the fraudulent information you’ve been given.

The Direct Marketing Association's (DMA) Mail Preference Service (MPS) can also provide you some relief from unsolicited mail. You have the option of visiting their website or writing into them by mail to have your name and address removed from these mail lists for five years. This might not fix all of your unsolicited mail problems, as not all of the companies sending out the junk mail report through them. It can, however, provide some relief.

DMAchoice - 

Direct Marketing Association P.O. Box 643 Carmel, NY 10512

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