A friend of mine received a letter in the mail today from a UBI Payment Services. The envelope says it was mailed from Singapore. The "sponsor" is said to be Windsor-Morgan & Parker, in Australia. The letter implies you have won $5000.00 if you return the release form and fulfill contest requirements. BEWARE.
On the back of the letter, in very pale type that is "almost" uncopyable, the official rules say this contest will not be mailed into Texas. It also says you must send a copy of your passport or identification to the sponsor to confirm age and identity. This is an identity theft attempt. A quick google of either UBI Payment Services or Windsor-Morgan & Parker generates many pages of hits, all showing this to be a scam.
It seems this has been circulating for several months. It's not the only scam such as this out there. If you receive a letter from out of the country saying you have won a contest you didn't even enter, don't respond to it. You might want to do an google search just for fun, but this is an old scam that predates the internet. One variation on this will send you a check with a requirement that you send them back some amount of money for taxes or as a "processing fee." In a few weeks, it will turn out that the "certified check" was no good, and you could have a several thousand dollar hole in your account. Don't get fooled.
There are, unfortunately, evil people out there using the current economic situation to rip people off. Some of them really are crooks. Be careful out there.