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Quotations from a SCAM letter sent by: “North Shore Animal League”
“MISS First_Name Last_Name
“You have won a prize in our sweepstakes.
“Dear Miss First_Name Last_Name,
“My name is Mary Walsh and I am a member of the Sweepstakes Award Committee. It is part of my job to help award the prizes that will be given away in the Lucky Streak Sweepstakes.
“The reason I am writing to you today is that our records indicate that you are one of our winners in the Lucky Streak Sweepstakes from Your_State.
“Arrangements have already been made to deliver your prize to Your_address. But in order to release it, we need to hear from you right away.
“To confirm receipt of this notice, and to release your prize, simply sign the Signature form at right, detach it and return it along with your Winner Claim Form.
“As a small prize winner, you are also eligible to be entered for a chance to win the Grand Prize of $25,000.00, paid in one lump sum. If you’re selected as our Grand Prize Winner...
for the sum of $25,000.00 CASH
will be written out to Miss Last_Name.
“Just think what you could do with the money. Pay off your bills. Treat the family to a vacation. Buy that special gift. Save it and watch it grow. It’s your choice. But first you’ve got to GUARANTEE your eligibility for the $25,000.00 Grand Prize, plus a chance to win additional cash prizes.
“Important: $25,000.00 UPC Gold Seal Instructions
“Here’s why you needed to read this letter carefully before removing the $25,000.00 UPC Seal on the reverse side. To guarantee your eligibility for a chance to win the $25,000.00 cash, you must detach the Gold Seal, affix it in the space provided on your Winner Claim Form. Then return it in the courtesy envelope provided.
“Here’s more good news...
“Your personal Jumbo Bucks game card is enclosed. Scratch the money bags to reveal numbers. When your amount beats our amount, you’re eligible for a chance to win that amount -- up to $15,000.00 CASH!
“Make no mistake - you’re positively guaranteed to receive any and all prizes to which you’re entitled. No strings attached. I only hope that when you return your Winner Claim Form that you will help to give our homeless pets another chance at life by making a voluntary tax-deductible contribution to our animal shelter. No purchase or contribution is necessary to enter or win and a purchase or contribution does not increase your chances of winning.
“Recently, we celebrated our 65th Anniversary. Over sixty-five rewarding years of saving lost and abandoned dogs and cats since we began in 1944. I wish I could tell you that we already have enough money to care for all these homeless pets. But the sad truth is we desperately need your help, especially with today’s economy.
“In spite of our tireless efforts, it is a constant battle to raise the money needed to save all the animals that pass through our doors each year. We don’t destroy them. We won’t destroy them.
“It costs over $5 a week to help provide care and shelter for each pet. Won’t you please make a tax-deductible contribution?
“I’ve sent you everything you need to enter and win. The rest is up to you. We’ll be watching for your reply, so be sure to respond by the deadline date.
“P.S. Act fast and you could win again — a free TV or $150.00. Plus, Fast 50 winners have 1 in 50 odds at $1,000.000 cash. To be eligible for these prizes you must beat the deadline.Back to top
“Grand Prize Notice and Claim Form
“GRAND PRIZE NOTICE
“MISS First_Name Last_Name
“You have already been selected to win a merchandise prize.
“Return Claim Form below and your Signature Form to release you prize and be eligible for a chance to win the $25,000.00 Grand Prize.
“If you return your winner Claim Form and it is selected for the Grand Prize.
“MISS First_Name Last_Name WILL RECEIVE $25,000.00”