Friday, February 21, 2014

Scam Alert: Liberty Financial Services

A fraudulent company sending out prize-winning notifications has been contacting elderly Kansas City residents. The letters come from a company that claims to be at 8255 Victoria Ave, Los Angeles, CA called Liberty Financial Services.

Enclosed with the letter is a check for $4,650.00 from a Massachusetts company called Griswold Special Care. The company has had its identity stolen by scammers.

The letter states that the recipient has won $355,000. To claim the prize, the recipient is supposed to pay a processing fee of $3,850.00, to be taken from the provided check. Once victims deposit the check and send the thousands of dollars to the requested destination, they will find that the check failed to go through and will be on the hook for transferred funds.

For more information on these types of check scams, visit the FTC's page dedicated to the subject.

70 comments:

  1. This scam has now reached Pennsylvania as well. All details are identical except the check is issued under the name of Aetna Life Insurance Company

    ReplyDelete
  2. I just received the same thing in the mail today and I live in Michigan. I just hope all people check the internet before proceeding. My check was issued by general fund village of pilger. A check for 4650.00 and it said that I had won 550,000.00. I never put anything in for a contest so I know this was a scam.

    ReplyDelete
  3. We got one today. I plan to send them a million - dollar - bill gospel tract and a lovely letter explaining the Christian viewpoint of financial stewardship.

    ReplyDelete
  4. April 15th - Received similar scam letter that we "won" $500K+ accompanied by a check to "help pay the fee"... we are in Western New York. Too good to be true....but I Googled for all the info I could and finally verified via this great BBB site. Thank God, indeed!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Received the same scam letter with check for $4650. to help pay fee for rest of check of $550K. This is NYC...

    ReplyDelete
  6. Virginia received a letter w/ a check. We won $755K. If only....

    ReplyDelete
  7. I live in Charleston, SC I received a check for $4650. for processing fee. in return the man on the phone told me to deposit the money in my account and call him back for instruction. in return my check for 755k. I will received it later today. That tells me that this was a scam.I

    ReplyDelete
  8. My mother received this same letter today here in Denver, NC. thankfully she asked me to check it out before she did anything with it. So sad that elderly people are targets for these scammers.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Well I believe this scam has moved to ky. I like most of you received similar notice, a check to cover tax's and or fees. ($3,920.00) but I haven't called them back yet. Why is it that the government doesnt do something about this kind of fraud, hell there using the usps to deliver them and over the Internet. Looks legit but nothing but bs....

    ReplyDelete
  10. This scam has reached Dobson, NC

    ReplyDelete
  11. The scam has now reached Colorado Springs, CO

    ReplyDelete
  12. We live in KY, and we received one yesterday (April 28) too with a check of $4,650 to cover the processing fee of $3,850 (issued by Meramec Valley Bank, Ellisville, MO 63011). It says we won $755K. Thank you for BBB for this website and all of you who shared this info.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Denver, CO. Received check for $4,510.00 from General Fund Village of Pilger. Midwest Bank 114 W. Main Pierce, NE 68767. Won 225,500.00 Processing fee $3,425.00 Claim agent : Linda Taylor 1-716-579-1729 Promotion Manager Gerald Bolton. Crown Financial Services 3105 Broadway Ave. Lewiston, NY 14099

    ReplyDelete
  14. This scam is in Colorado. My mother-in law received one in the same letter. Check was for $4650 and " winning" amount was for 755000. She had "won a sweepstakes draw for USA Mega.A number and name was given for the "claims " agent.

    ReplyDelete
  15. This has reached georgia i got one.claim agent mary green at 8774357607 david morgan promotion manager.global office number ..011-44-745-26-520

    ReplyDelete
  16. I live in Florida and recieved my check and letter from a claims agent by the name of David Morgan and signed by a so called Promotion Manager Mary Walker. It was from Apex Financial Incorporated. Check Had General Fund Village Of Pilger with a po box 306, Pilger, NE Also Midwest Bank 114 W. Main Pierce, NE 68767. Supposed to win $350,000.00 when I cash their check of $4,350.00. I am 69 years old but not crazy yet.

    ReplyDelete
  17. the scam has reached freehold, NJ. thankfully my 90 yr old father gave it to me to investigate. I ripped it up. you deposit the check they get your bank acct details. don't do it

    ReplyDelete
  18. I live in Wilmington DE. I also received the same letter and a check for $4650.00 from Meramec Valley Bank in MO.
    Ripped up as soon as I went to check it out and found this site.

    ReplyDelete
  19. My grandmother received the letter today in TX. The letter was from Mutual Financial Inc. And the check was from General Fund Village of Piglet based out of Midwest Bank in NE. I knew it was a scam by looking at it, but my grandma really thought she had won. This could have ended very poorly for her

    ReplyDelete
  20. Received check in San Antonio, Texas. Tore it up.

    ReplyDelete
  21. My Mom received it in Maryland today, same scam General Fund Village of Pilger,NE. Thanks for the heads up.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Washington State Shoot we only won 4350.00. hahah

    ReplyDelete
  23. My senior citizen parents received a letter in Joplin, MO - claiming prize winnings in the amount of 225,500 but to call to process a check - I believe they solicit them on the telephone frequently.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Boy do I feel cheated. I only won 250,00.00 with my check being 4350.00 Oh Well. It's one of the most convincing "checks" I seen yet. stay very very far away. Chicago

    ReplyDelete
  25. May 10, 2014 at 12:00 PM
    My father received it in Connecticut today from Crown Trust Financial Services, 3105 Broadway Ave., Lewiston, NY 14099 with a check for $4,510 and processing fee of $3,425. Need to contact Linda Taylor at 716-579-1729. After reading the above replies - SCAM, SCAM, SCAM!!!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Got an announcement from something called "Crown Trust Financial Services". Same check amount,($4,510.00). Looked it up on internet. Doesn't exist. Your website popped up describing almost identical scam figures. Thanks much for exposing this scam. But, is someone finding these folks so they can be prosecuted?

    ReplyDelete
  27. Now in NJ - We only "won" $250K. LoL I reported to Snopes as well.

    ReplyDelete
  28. My mom receive the notification of "winning" $225,500, with a check of 4510.00 for the processing fee of $3425. Check was made out to dad who has been deceased for 7 years. Concord, NH

    ReplyDelete
  29. The "winnings" have hit Fairport,NY. Today I received my check
    for $4350. drawn on the Midwest Bank 114 w. Main St. Pierce,NE 68767. General Fund Village Of Pilger P.O.Box306
    Pilger,NE 68768. I "won" $250,000.Processing fee of $3900.

    ReplyDelete
  30. This just came to my Dad in Subiaco, Arkansas. Check was for $4,510.00. Cost $3,425.00 for processing fees. Had a hard time convincing my Dad it was a scam.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Received same scam in INDIANA, the bank involved is said to be the 2nd largest in Mass. Middlesex Savings Bank, Westborough, MA 01581. The routing number on cheque is correct for that bank
    Hope they know they have been breached. As Robert said above DO NOT deposit the cheque because they will then have all you banking details

    ReplyDelete
  32. Received same scam in upstate NY (Albany). I am grateful for the BBB site for information about this scam. Why are these scammers still at work?

    ReplyDelete
  33. My 90 year-old dad in North Carolina received letter and check today...$$4,350. He is taking it to the bank tomorrow and I hope I get to him before the check is cashed. I'm also hopeful the bank is aware of this scam. Why can't this be stopped?

    ReplyDelete
  34. My mother lives in Portland, Oregon. She also received a letter for this scam.

    ReplyDelete
  35. My husband received a check today from Apex Financial Inc. We live on Long Island, NY.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Received letter with check for $4,350.00 for processing fee of
    $ 3,900.00.General Funds Village of Pilger P. O. Box 306 Pilger, NE 68768 Drawn on Midwest Bank 114W Main NE 68767

    ReplyDelete
  37. Mom in Michigan received letter today. Check for $4,350.00 General Funds Village of Pilger/Apex Financial etc....Difference is letter was mailed from South Africa. It's very sad that this can't be stopped & our elderly citizens are being preyed upon.

    ReplyDelete
  38. I live in California, and received a check from Apex Financial Incorporated for $4350.00 on May 12, 2014. Before I could claim the prize of $350,000.00 I would have to send them $3,850.00 of the check. Also on the check was Midwest Bank Pierce, NE. and Ceneral Fund Village of Pilger Pilger, NE. Let's get them stopped!!!

    ReplyDelete
  39. I received the check today in Massachusetts. Same deal....... Middlesex Savings Bank. Liberty Trust Financial in Ca. Thanks for this website.

    ReplyDelete
  40. Hit my mom in Ohio today, Check was for $4350 with promise of winning $275K. Same Liberty Trust Financial Services in CA but check was from Colantino Contracting in Holliston MA....there is a legitimate Colantonio Contracting in Holliston that looks legit, but the scammers a playing on a legitimate business. name. Thanks for all of your previous posts.

    ReplyDelete
  41. I got my check for 3,920.00 and i won a lottery thru wal mart for 250,000$. I live in Nerkirk,Oklahoma. Thanks for the site!!!

    ReplyDelete
  42. May 2014: My elderly father in Iowa received a $4,350.00 check from General Fund Village of Pilger, PO Box 306, Pilger NE this month. This scam said he was a Prize Winner in the European, African & USA Consumer Sweepstakes and has won $250,000...simply deposit the $4,350 check included with the letter to pay a $3,900 processing fee. I just feel fortunate that my father felt this was a scam and had me look at it first.

    ReplyDelete
  43. My 94 year old Grandma received this today in Minneapolis, MN. She didn't think it was right. I thought it was weird it was mailed from Africa. Glad I took the time to look this up.

    ReplyDelete
  44. scam has reached san diego ca check for $4.350 from colantino general contractors. I won $275,000.

    ReplyDelete
  45. I received a letter and a check today in Southern California. I am NOT elderly - they can't scam me. (My check was only for $3920 - they're getting cheap! I won "US $250,000" in the "USA LOTTERY SWEEPSTAKES MILLIONS" drawing.) The exterior envelope had no return address, and it was marked "CANADA POST" in the stamp area. The letter is from Liberty Financial Services in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada. I knew right off the bat that it was a scam, but it was confirmed when I looked closely at the check and the name of the company is spelled wrong: "Horwoood Marcus & Berk Chartered" (one too many "o"s). How dumb can they be? I'm taking this to my local Police Department to see if they can do anything with it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I recieve this same bs

      Delete
    2. I received the same one yesterday.. googled it, called the bank and verified it was a scam...ugh then when I actually called the number on the "winning lotto form... called a man named john Williams... he sounded like he was from india or something... dumb

      Delete
  46. I recieve this same bs check

    ReplyDelete
  47. received one yesterday in the mail - check for $3920 and saying I won $250,000 in a lottery......Austin TX

    ReplyDelete
  48. I got the same letter here in Monroe Michigan the check has a funny bank name on it I laughed, its called "The Private Bank" I also only won $250,000 (oh Darn) But they spelled Horwood right this time. I pray that the elderly people that receive this letter have family that can check it out and let them know it's a scam.

    ReplyDelete
  49. In mid-May I received a similar letter with South African stamps on the envelop and with a check from the General Fund Village of Pilger for $4,350. The check was of a bank in Pierce, NE - Midwest Bank at 114 W. Main, Pierce NE 68767. Processing fee of $3,850. I knew that this had to be a scam from the stamped envelop alone.

    ReplyDelete
  50. from WA: received the $4,350. check from S. Africa requesting a processing fee of $3650. and winnings of 275K.. The bank and the contractor are legitimate concerns - have had their identity stolen. Claim agent name -David Newman, letter signed by Kathryn Richard. I am age 82 so guess they thought I was vulnerable - HA !

    ReplyDelete
  51. From MN: I got the South Africa version from "Mutual Financial Incorporated" today, with a check for $4,350. Similar garbage to the others. I, too, hope no one is falling for this. Glad I checked the Internet before tossing it. I wonder if there's any way of tracing these jerks?

    ReplyDelete
  52. I got one today June 9th for 3920.00. I live in the state of MD and the check is from Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered

    ReplyDelete
  53. Received check for $1950.00 to cover processing fees of $1300.00 for a second prize of $550,000.00. Check is from Colantino General Contractors, 16 Everett St., Holliston, MA 01746. Appears that 49-13-33-25-39 numbers are duplications.

    ReplyDelete
  54. My boyfriend received a check for $1300.00 Shame on these folks to take advantage of the disabled and elderly. Thank God for this blog and people willing to post about this fraudulent scam

    ReplyDelete
  55. My mother got this letter as well in Schaumburg, IL. The letter was from Crown Financial Services in Lewiston, NY. The check is from General Fund village of Pilger (NE)

    ReplyDelete
  56. July 9,2014 New Jersey.

    Received a check drawn on Cigna Health and Life Insurance CO for $4,350 to help with $3850 processing fees for winning 2nd prize of $350,000 in a Consumer sweepstakes.

    ReplyDelete
  57. I live in Texas & I also received one with a check drawn on Cigna Health and Life Insurance for $4,350.00 for processing fees for winning 2nd prize of $250,000. Can they not be reported to the FBI or some other Government Agency to make them stop this fraud.

    ReplyDelete
  58. The same scam from Apex Financial Inc. has reached Nebraska. I received a check of $4350 from Cigna Health and Life Insurance Co. as described by others above. BTW, the small town of Pilger, NE mentioned by a couple of posts above was recently leveled by a dual funnel tornado. The only fund in their name is for the victims not a sweepstakes.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My mother, 93, also received a check for the same amount, $4350 from Cigna Health and Life Insurance co. Because she receives tons of junk mail which is fluttering all over the house, I could find no letter that came with it. It appears to be a totally good check, but I am still very suspicious because she has been the victim of more than a few scams due to her dementia and the horrible people who prey on her. This is one of those 'too good to be true' "windfalls"!

      Delete
  59. Hello, it hit New Jersey last week too, my check is "issued" by Cigna Health and Life Insurance. No offense to our wonderful elderly folks, but I am a person in my 40's, so they are not just targeting the older folks out there. The letter and the check are both full of typographical errors, the first suspicious sign I saw immediately.

    ReplyDelete
  60. Hit Tennessee now. When does it stop?!!!

    ReplyDelete
  61. In Wisconsin: Received a check for $3350.00 from State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company "provided to help you pay for the processing fee" for a 2nd prize winning of $275,000 from USA Mega international sweepstake drawing. The letter was from Liberty Trust Financial Services of Long Beach, CA, but the envelope showed delivery by "Royal Mail." How do we stop these scams!

    ReplyDelete
  62. August 11,2014
    North Carolina weighing in...
    My wife just received the same letter from Mutual Financial Incorporated with a check for $4350.00 and a processing fee of $3900.00. I received the same letter back in April and I checked it out then so I knew immediately it was bogus.
    I have also received bogus phone calls from the same type organization informing me that I had won the Publishers Clearing House. They only wanted a $500.00 processing fee. My wife contacted PCH headquarters and they assured me that winners received notice in person only...no phone calls, no emails, no letters. This information might help someone else if they are ever contacted by anyone stating they are from Publishers Clearing House. The gentleman who called here was quite convincing but my wife was much more clever than he as she questioned his legitimacy!!! Be suspicious it pays!!

    ReplyDelete
  63. Just got my check today! Same as above, but my $3350.00 was "supposedly" from Wells Fargo. Yea, when will this stop? Who or what organization is behind shutting down these scam artists? I feel sorry for those who get taken by this scam. The scam artists really are going all out to make the checks appear real! But someone needs to shut this down!!

    ReplyDelete
  64. I got my check from Cigna Health Insurance Company. Thanks For All the info. I won't be depositing this check. That letter made it's way to Louisiana.

    ReplyDelete
  65. I received a letter today from a place called Mutual Financial Incorporated. 305 Main St los Angeles stating I won $250,000.00 from the European, African, and USA Consumers sweepstakes draw. They sent me a check for $4,350.00 dollar telling me to deposit it and send them back 3,900.00 US Dollars in order for me to receive the rest of my winnings. I did not fall for it. I hope other people who get this will check the internet to see this is a scam. People if you receive any letter from anyplace that says you have won a lot of money just send them such amounts of dollar and it goes anywhere over seas believe me it is a fraud. and a lot of the letters will come from Los Angeles, or New York

    ReplyDelete
  66. I'm glad this site is here and that people have been able to dodge these idiots but it frustrates me that our only course of action here is to dodge them. I want to get 'em. How do we do it? This letter came to my elderly mother and we got to it just as she was about to act on it. Are Feds on this stuff?

    ReplyDelete
  67. My parents live in central Ohio. They are both in their 80's, and received several telephone calls about winning money - $250,000 to be exact. When they were finally (after several phone calls) able to make the calls stop, a letter and fake check arrived in the mail - exactly as described above. The letter looked a little iffy to me. The check, for all the world looks like the real deal! It's from the "General Fund Village of Pilger", supposedly in Pilger Nebraska. Pilger is a town with a population of 352. Anyway - these people are persistent and extremely rude - treated my Mother awful on the phone when she told them to stop calling. I reported each call, and the letter/check to the Ohio Attorney General's Office. Shortly after that info about the scam appeared on local news. At least their trying to get the word out. Scary world!

    ReplyDelete