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Sweepstakes/Prize Promotion Services
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Based on BBB files, this business has a BBB Rating of No Rating. The reason is as follows:
- This business has no rating because it is out of business.
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Type of Entity
Business ManagementMr. Rob Berry, Operations Manager Mr. Frank Cole, Accounts Manager Mr. Richard Ray, Chief Financial Officer
Alternate Business NamesAmerican Direct Promotion American Direct Sweepstakes American International Lottery BD FInancial Gateway Direct International Funding International United Exchange USA Direct Sweepstakes USA Direct, Inc. USA International, Inc. USA Mega Millions Jackpot
When the BBB of the Southwest attempted to contact the company to verify their location in Bloomfield, NM, the company became agitated, advised us to shred the letter and hung up the telephone. The Better Business Bureau advises that consumers across the country are being defrauded by counterfeit check scams. The Bureau strongly advises consumers to not send money to these companies. The most common type of scam involves a counterfeit cashier’s check, traditionally considered a trusted form of payment. Unfortunately, the advent of high quality printers and scanners is making it easier for counterfeiters to produce official-looking checks of all types and caliber, including cashier’s checks. Consumers should be aware that the problem occurs when a consumer deposits the counterfeit check in a bank account and, a few days later, asks the financial institution if the money is “available.” When told yes, the consumer assumes that they can safely draw upon that money. That is not the case! Until the financial institution can confirm the funds have been “finally collected”, the consumer is responsible for any funds they may withdraw against that check deposit. The amount of time it can take for the bank to finally collect the money can vary, particularly with out-of-state or out-of-country checks. In most cases, victims report that they wired money to the check issuer only to find that the deposited check was uncollectible. This has happened to consumers who were told they won an international lottery and were advised to pay a clearance fee or taxes out of their “winnings” check; consumers who responded to work-at-home opportunities and were told to deposit a cashier’s check and then wire money elsewhere; and to online auction sellers who accepted certified checks for payment from far-away buyers and sent the merchandise, only to discover later that the checks were counterfeit. The BBB offers tips to evaluate the legitimacy of checks you receive from individuals or businesses that you do not know: * Independently verify that the check is drawn from an actual account at a legitimate financial institution. Do not rely on the telephone number listed on the check. Use directory assistance to get the telephone number of the financial institution and call them to verify the check. * Do not rely on the money until the funds have been finally collected by your financial institution. Funds “availability” is not good enough. * If you have any questions about whether a transaction is legitimate, talk to your bank or credit union.