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I have an e-mail from mrs. cooke, claims & remittance

I have an e-mail...

I have an e-mail from mrs. ***** *****e , claims & remittance director, supposedly from pch lotto remittance office, stating that I have won a large prize. is this a scam?

Lawyer's Assistant: What state is this in? And just to clarify, when exactly were you notified?

Minnesota. the e-mail is dated mar 8,2018 1:13 pm

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

I answered the letter and received a 2nd e-mil from***@******.*** dated thu, mar 8, 2018 4:44 pm with shipment terms and conditions. nothing further.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

Not really

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I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get. I just ask that you not shoot the messenger.

As you know, something which is too good to be true is, generally, not. Also, I am sure you suspect this is one of those times. Unfortunately, I am absolutely sure that there is no prize waiting for you from these people.

This is positively a scam. It is known as an "Advance Fee Scam".

Just remember:

1. You can not win a sweepstakes or lottery you did not enter.

2. No legitimate sweepstakes asks winners to pay upfront to release the winnings or notifies winners by email.

3. If they were genuinely holding money belonging to you should be able to tell them to just deduct the taxes, insurance, courier fee (all red flags, by the way) and send you a net check.

4. No legitimate lottery or sweepstakes collects taxes. Taxes are collected by the IRS.

Do not send any money or otherwise respond. They are trying to steal from you.

Here is an online warning from the FTC:

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0199-prize-scams

I am sorry. I wish I could tell you otherwise, but I do not want you to be victimized by these thieves.

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