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Ely, Counselor at Law
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A few minutes ago I received a call from Attorney

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A few minutes ago I received a call from Attorney ***** *****(###) ###-#### ***** claimed I was to receive a certified check cut in the Bank of Manhattan. It was to be for a prize of $450,000 from a group of companies, one of which was Kellogg.He quoted a Documentation Bond of $2,950 to make it legal. I was to contact Agent ***** *****burg at(###) ###-####at the DCRA AND REGISTER THE CASE NUMBER ***** the Department of
Consumers. The check is to by a Brinks Armored vehicle to my home. IS THIS DEALING ONE OF FRAUD? IT REMINDS ME OF SOME OTHER CASES THAT I HEARD OF/
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.
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Indeed this is a scam. Allow me to point out the red flags:
1) If you do not remember entering, how could you win?
2) Kellogg does not have any type of sweepstakes or lottos. The scammer is simply using the name of that company to make you "at ease" because it sounds more believable.
3) You never need to pay ANYTHING to collect on a real prize. This is a scam - they will first ask for bond money, and then more, and more, and will have different claims for needing more money. You will never get the prize.
4) Even if they give you a "check," that check will be fake.
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Block their numbers and do not call them back.
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Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.
Hello again. This is a courtesy check in to see if you needed anything else in regards ***** ***** question because you never responded or replied positively. I am simply touching base. Let me know. Thanks!