This offering from Puzzles Unlimited’s Guaranteed Greenbacks game is low enough to
masquerade as a bill. Like Haplin’s offering, it claims to be a game of skill. The skill section
requires the answering of a story problem, plus sending an entry fee. Supposedly I will square off
against my fellow big brains in a game wherein the final authority is “The Oxford Paperback
Dictionary (Fourth Edition).” I have no reason to believe that this is an outright scam, but
the stated odds and rewards make it seem a thorough waste of postage to enter. My mind could
change however, pending their sending me the $6000.00 they promised. I am not holding my
breath. And I will not take a check.
|It’s Not a Contest, It’s a Report
This is from United Reporting Alliance, who seem big on offering me money
they don’t have for contests I haven’t entered. If you ignore the amounts
promised, all they are really offering is a report of some sort which details
contests that might be entered which you could be qualified for.
Note the presentation here. It’s a bill of sorts, an assessment. It’s a check too,
with numbers and all sorts of authorizations. If this were actually a letter from a
collections agency or other third party demanding money, it would be patently
illegal. This is what is known as a ‘color of law’ approach, and we will see it
several times. Using this type of presentation can get you rung up on state
and federal charges.
Despite this being labeled as my ‘ONLY NOTICE’, United sent me several mailings. At first
glance, it seems all they want from me is a nominal $2.75. But if you look at the fine print under
that, it states “I herby authorize URA to debit my checking account for $2.75 for initial report
and $33 recurring annually or $2.75 monthly until I cancel my subscription.”
That’s about as dubious as it gets. Also, they have a mysterious bank that will only take checks
and not money orders or cash.
As for the cited $125,000.00 figure, it is not substantiated anywhere in the mailing. Oddly, this
is the same figure the two fake US Customs agents who contacted me pulled out of the ethers.
This one is from Lynbrooke & Associates, who are not lawyers, but who like
lawyer-like stationary and have officers with lawyer-like titles such as
General Partner and Notifications Department Manager. Another clue that
they might not exactly be straight shooters is that, like United, they are
operating out of Las Vegas. Poor Sin City seems to be the international hub
of this industry.