Willington Pierce Brothers
Like Phoenix rising from the ashes, the Harris & Witherspoon postal scam has been reborn using a different name.
The Willington Pierce Brothers letter uses duplicate wording, has the same return address and continues to mislead consumers into thinking that they have won big money.
The layout is slightly different but it still contains the same silly “payment affidavit” and fake cheque designed to get your attention.
The only major difference is an increase in price – from $29.95 to $39.95. It seems this bird is not immune to inflation!
Willington Pierce Brothers claims you are a “guaranteed cash award recipient” and the grand award recipient will receive US$10,000.
As a special bonus, you will receive a “stunning enamelled gold heart pendant set with a genuine hand-cut and polished .50pt diamond on a 18-inch chain”.
You only need to pay $39.95 as an “acquisition and transmittal fee”.
The only thing genuine about this offer is that it is a scam.
The two winners of the $10,000 have been pre-selected so there is no guarantee that you will win the jackpot. The fine print also warns that this promotion could be sent under different “creative representations”. So who knows how many letters have been sent and how many people are in the running for the top prize?
But these scammers are clever. In order to justify the statement that you are a “guaranteed cash award recipient”, they give every respondent US$1.
And it doesn’t stop there. We’ve seen the type of jewellery these scammers flog and it isn’t worth the $40 price tag.
This is just a promotion to sell cheap jewellery for a huge mark up.
The only good news is that the fine print on the letter does state how to get your name removed from their mailing list.