I recieved a letter today from "UBI Payment Services" saying that I am guaranteed to receive $5,000 if I return the form and follow their instructions. They claim it is not a lottery or any form of gambling, but that it is a "contest of skill".
The test? Answer the puzzle question 20 5 = (circle 25, 21, or 23)
The form requires a signature authorizing payment, and the barely readable faint grey printing on the back explains that "tie-breakers" may be necessary to determine the final winner - and that photo copies of passports or state-issued IDs would be necessary.
What a SCAM!
Clearly there is no skill involved and an untold number of hopeful/gullible people will respond - which will certainly require subsequent "tie-breakers" - so there is no guarantee.
What do you have to lose?
1) Postage or fax fees to Australia
2) The faint print on the back of the letter indicates that Windsor-Morgan will make their mailing list available to other "carefully screened companies". Returning their letter will indicate that they've found *a live one* - and you'll eventually receive Junk Mail from EVERYONE - including more scam artists.
3) You will be giving your full name, address, and SIGNATURE to unknown persons - who could conceivably forge any variety of documents in your name.
4) If you send them a copy of your passport or driver's license - they will also have sensitive data that could be used for IDENTITY THEFT.