I just got the same exact mailer and this is my take on it:
I believe this is another one of those "Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes" (just one of hundreds if not thousands) types of scams out there but instead of asking you to buy/purchase anything, they simply ask you to submit/pay a processing fee. I think they must of caught on to the fact that nobody is falling for the scams that asks you to buy things anymore so they're getting creative! By putting a reasonably large amount but yet believeable most people would fall for it because most people can afford $26.00(processing fee) + $2.00(postage) and in their mind using $28.00 to get $1.6 million is an easy decission for most. I love the way they emphasis over and over again that this is not and eligibility letter or preliminary qualification announcement...this is the real deal!
This part is what xxxx most people to decide to send the $28.00 to them: "YOU HAVE ALREADY WON!" or "IT IS ALREADY YOURS, JUST WAITING FOR SIGNATURE, DATE AND $28.00!"
But just think about it for a second...a company that can afford to pay you $1.6 millon should be able to afford $2.00 postage!
I get coupons in the mail for cereal and they don't ask me for postage lol!!!
So, get over the gibberish and persuasive wording and what do you uncover?!...SCAM with a well worded disguise that targets the desparate! Now, please do not misunderstand me, I would love to recieve $1.6 million...who wouldn't?! I'm sure even Warren Buffett with his already wealthy portfolio wouldn't mind a couple of extra million or two!!! But if you keep sending money to these scammers they get richer and you get more desparate!!!
Just look at this...in the 5 people who are on this blog, 1 or 2 I've read already sent them money! So, for them to get 2 out of 5 mailings that they've sent out, which could very well be in the millions...just calculate for yourself how many millions they've rec'd already!!!
More importantly most people don't ask or look up these things because they feel shameful to let people know that they want MONEY so they just send in the small amount they are asking for and pray that they are the lucky one!
Hope that this got to you BEFORE you sent your money in!!!