Imagine my surprise tonight when I get home, open my mail (snail mail, not email) and find a check for $4,485.46!!!!! Woohoo... I won!!!!
Wait... What? I never entered the Australian Lottery. Oh, and what is this saying:
In accordance with our disbursement policy, your winnings have been forwarded to the clearing institution authorized to release your funds. You claim number is assigned to BENCOOLEN FINANCIAL INC, out North America affiliate. You funds are insured for security reason and will be released to you after the confirmation protocol. You'll not be asked to provide any personal information or use of your personal funds to pay fees associated with this award.
To expedite the process, a check of $4,485.46 deducted from your winnings is hereby enclosed to enable you pay the non-resident fees and taxes totaling $2850.25. Please contact your claim Assessment Agent, Mrs. Debbie Danda at 1-289-888-1255. She will handle all matters relating to your award and the release of your funds. PLEASE CALL IMMEDIATELY
The part that sort of ticked me...
Be further advised that you should not attempt to use or cash this check until you have contacted the Agent above tio validate the check and activate your claim no later than 5 business days upon receipt of this final notification
So what do you say?? Should I call Mrs. Debbie???
====== Edit 4/07/07 =====
I just went through that letter again (Yes, I still have it!). The very bottom contains the following text:
INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN MUST BE KEPT IN THE STRICTEST CONFIDENCE PURSUANT TO ARTICLE 305 OF THE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY COMMISSION RULES. ANY DISCLOSURE OF THIS NOTIFICATION IN PART OR WHOLE TO ANY PARTY NOT SPECIFICALLY NAMED HEREIN WILL RESULT IN CANCELLATION OF AWARD
I guess I just forfeited my award... aawww!