Complaint / review text:
I recieved this letter and a check for $1,995 the end of November. It said that i had won $120,000 US. I was skeptical at first and just sat on my couch debating on whether i should do anything with it or not. After about an hour, I decided that i would call the number on the letter and see what they said.
I got ahold of a man that said that his name was Brian Anderson. He told me to cash the check and take it to a Money-Gram location and send it to Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, using a family members name (he said that would be my password for when the UPS guy delivered my funds, he said that the Canadian government couldn't touch that money that i sent until i got my winnings).
He Congratulated me and made everything sound so legitimate so of course i did it. I cashed it at my bank and took it to the Wal*mart Moneygram. I even had to pay $40 to send it to there. After that i called this guy back to find out what comes next. He said that he had to verify the money was there and to call back in 45 minutes.
Thats where the headache started. I called back and he said that he didn't have the confirmation code yet and to call back in the morning and he'd have it. I called all the next day and about 3 days later and i kept getting an answering machine saying that it was full. The last day that i called a women answered saying that a Brian Anderson was fired but she said that it was the Chinese Embassy. Thats when i knew that i had been scammed.
The Check bounced through my bank and it overdrafted my account for almost $2100. I was left with that check and a couple other things that went through my bank afterwards. I went to talk to the bank and tell them what had happened but the bank didn't care. They said that since I cashed the check, i was liable for it. I had to get a second mortgage on my house to pay back the bank, the 3 other things, and my cell-phone bill (for calling Canada long distance).
I want to let everyone know about this, it shouldn't be happening.
Author 79,7765 amsterdam netherlands
from: the desk of the regional coordinator
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We are pleased to inform you of the release today, the 8th day of November, 2006., the results of INTER-GLOBAL SWEEPSTAKES LOTTERY / FREE LOTTO PROMATION PROGRAM held in AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS on the 24th day of October, 2006.
Your name attached to the TICKET NUMBER 066542 drew the lucky numbers which consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payment of US $120,000 (ONE HUNDRED TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ONLY) in cash credited to file: TTE777784/01. This is from a total cash prize of US $7,853.180.00 (SEVEN MILLION, EIGHT HUNDRED FIFTY THREE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY DOLLARS) shared among all international winners in this category.
We have secured the required amount you need to pay for all the tax and service charges regarding your winnings. A lump sum payment of US $120,000.00 will be remitted to your designated account or a certified cheque will be hand delivered to your home as soon as the payments are completed. We have today enclosed a cheque for the amount of US $1,995.00 which is required to be paid. This check is from one of our financial sponsors and is intended to help pay your taxes.
To begin your claim, all North American Winners should contact the international claim Agent, at 1-604-338-4406 for directives on Validation / Remittance procedures.
Remember, all winning entitlements must be claimed on or before 1ST DECEMBER, 2006. After this date, all funds will be return to the INTER-GLOBAL SWEEPSTAKES as unclaimed.
Congratulations once again from our staffs and management and thank you for being part of our promation.