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2006-02-05 02:16:55 -
i recieved a check in the amount of $1,950.00 and i called these people first to see if it was real. the gentlemen told me yes it"s for real. so i went to my bank and cashed it. i didn"t recieve the $93,050.00 as i was promised to today by 5 pm so i"m gonna try to get this gentlemen on the phone again to see what i can find out.the name of the guy that i sent the money too was joseph simmons. i called money gram and they said it was picked up 2 hours after i sent it. i sure do hope it"s not a scam but it is looking like it.i wish i knew a way to get these people who scam others some ole time religion and god needs to bless them cause if i was to find them it would be pure hell


2006-02-04 03:41:52 -
i am a victim of the european lottery scam. i cashed the check and sen the money to quebec canada. the check cashing place where i cashed the check is trying to get me thrown in jail. i thought they verified checks before they cash them. how was i to know that the check was fraud. how can i repay this $1,950? i am a single parent of two, making less than $10.00 an hour. what can i do? please help


2006-02-03 10:43:49 -
I noticed someone wanted to have a phone number checked for authenticity.
It is very simple to look up a US phone number on Google. All you have to do is go to "Google" and place the number (no dashes) in the search area and enter. Lots of times, however, you will get a "number not found" message. If the number is not listed, I suspect this creates the not found response.


2006-02-03 00:47:43 -
I am reading all these posts and am amazed that people who are on the Internet have not caught on to these scams by now. I am also saddened when someone loses money on them. The scams are so frequent and rediculous. Also, be aware of all the sob stories from people who want your help to move illegal money from their hands to yours. These are called "Nigeria" scams as they seem to have been invented in that country although now everybody has gotten into the act. I get 5-10 scam emails a week and simply delete them without opening. THE BOTTOM LINE: IF SOMEONE YOU DON'T KNOW WANTS MONEY FOR SOMETHING YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT, RUN LIKE HELL IS AFTER YOU, BECAUSE IT IS. Remember, if it smells fishy, it is probably a dead mackrel, not a giant tuna.


2006-02-02 13:19:00 -
FAKE FAKE FAKE! GUYS DO NOT TRUST THIS KIND OF BULL! IF THEY DO SEND YOU A LETTER STATING YOU HAVE WON THEN MAIL THEM BACK OR EMAIL THEM SAYING THIS, "JUST SEND THE CHECK, I WONT DISCLOSE ANY BANK INFORMATION"


2006-02-02 00:03:00 - Are you being scammed?
We found a bunch of information we wish we had available before we were scammed. Our mission in life is to collect any available information that will help the next person from being a victim. Beat them at their game and don't cash these checks, they will have to close down shop and earn a decent living.

Check these things out and good luck...Sharon and Frank

This is terrible. I just started a blog http://fraudwar.blogspot.com to educate people. I see this scam on a daily basis in my real job.

Feel free to pass this blog on. It's free info and please visit the sponsors.

Here is some info on where to report, including a number for Canada.

FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
FTC online complaint form (www.ftc.gov)
Canadian PhoneBusters hotline: 888-495-8501
Internet Fraud Complaint Center (www.ifccfbi.gov/)

If you have any specific questions, send me an e-mail at TedRichardson9925@sbcglobal.net


The FTC has these words of caution for consumers who are thinking about responding to a foreign lottery:
If you play a foreign lottery-through the mail or over the telephone-you're violating federal law. There are no secret systems for winning foreign lotteries. Your chances of winning more than the cost of your tickets are slim to none
The bottom line, according to the FTC: Ignore all mail and phone solicitations for foreign lottery promotions. If you receive what looks like lottery material from a foreign country, give it to your local postmaster.


FAKE CHECK SCAMS
Typically, you advertise something for sale. The scammer contacts you posing as a buyer and wants to pay by cheque. The big clue here is that the cheque will be for more than the amount you are asking, and the scammer will come up with many reasons for this. You will be asked to send the extra amount to someone else - usually by Western Union or Moneygram (scammers like this way of receiving money because it leaves no paper trail - they CANNOT be traced).

The cheque will appear to clear in your account and you think you are safe. WRONG! It might take weeks or even months but that cheque will bounce and you will be liable for the whole amount PLUS anything you've drawn from it.

And here's the icing on the cake: the bank will take NO responsibility. You might even have taken the cheque into the bank and had them verify it. Nine times out of ten, they will say it's real. This is usually because the cashier will have no experience of fake cheques (and some fakes look very convincing). Even if you've done this and you think you're covered, you won't be. There have even been cases of banks prosecuting their customers for trying to defraud them - successful cases, where customers have had their bank accounts frozen and their assets seized. Be warned - if you try and pay in a fake cheque, even in good faith, it will have repercussions.


scamsafe - http://www.scamsafe.com/scamsafe/

Also check out FBI Lottery Scam guidelines.


2006-02-01 22:49:51 -
I recived this letter on feb. 1, 2006 stateing that I had one 92,150.00 after I was to send 2,850.00 the check that I was sent was totaling in 2998.95 which was 148.95 more than what I was supposed to send. If you recive one of these do not use it. I am lucky to ghave friends who helped me with this before Ieven cashed thecheck.

Good Luck Nicole pa


2006-02-01 21:45:06 -
YES I RECIEVED A LETER FROM EURO LOTTO SAYING THAT I HAD WON 93,150.00 AND I HAD TO SEND THEM 1,850 FOR TAXES AND CEARANCE FEES THE DIRECTOR NAME WAS REGINALD FONTAINE PHONE NUMBER 011-353-862-010651 ADDRESS IS SUBSIDARY OF EURO TRUST CORPORATION 45 PARKGATE STREET SUITE 204 DUBLIN 8 IRELAND THEY GAVE ME A SPECIAL NOT THAT SAID KEEP THIS CONFIDENTIAL SO UNAUTHORIZED ORGANIZATIONS AND OR INDIVIDALS WILL NOT CALL ME


2006-02-01 21:20:40 - To Matthew
We posted some information on this site. Frank and Sharon Wikoff. I just did a Google search of the name and phone number you have posted. CANNOT BE FOUND! I was advised to do a Google reverse phone number lookup to see if ours was a scam. Afterall, a business WOULD have an address if they were truly a business. As for the bank verifying the funds, we had that happen to us to. It took our check 7 days to clear. It cleared on the 7th day and on the 8th day it was taken back. I have the check right in front of me here as a constant reminder of how awful people can be. On our check it is written "FRAUD", reason for return. It costed us 31.00 in bank fees. We were told before depositing it that it was a good check. If you feel you may have really won, don't deposit the check until you have gotten ahold of the Federal Trade Commission and the Post Office. Read Joe's post, he is in law enforcement and it's a felony to cash these checks because they are counterfeit. Fact here Matthew is if you go onto the Federal Trade Commission website, you will read with your own eyes that "it is illegal to participate in a international lottery". I threatened to take our check and letter to the post office and the guy at the other end of the phone handling our winnings did not even get nervous. They are very convincing on how real the winnings are. But, after you are left holding a fee from the bank because the check cleared and taken back because it was counterfeit. they are not the ones in trouble, you are. Also the company handling our winnings was out of Toronto, ON, just like yours.Good luck.
Sharon


2006-02-01 20:27:01 -
I just posted below, and I have not received an answer yet. Evidentely I wasnt clear. My wife did enter a contest over the internet, several of them. Does any one know if this type of thing can happen? Has anyone heard of Pacific Trust Bank? Can anyone look up the number I gave?? 647-895-4739.

Concerning the post below labled " dont get conned" , why would I need to pay the bank back? They are verifying funds, and if they did and I sent the money, and then what the check can bounce after it cleared?? My bank gave 7 business days for that check to clear because of things like this. I am just saying, I would not spend ANY MONEY until my bank cleared the check, then after that the bank would be accountable...right? I am not going to do it, but I just want some hard evidence, and some firm truth, not just a dont get conned, but thank you very much for your help.

CAN ANYONE HELP ME????
PACIFIC TRUST BANK
SWEEPSTAKES AND INTERNET GAME PAYMENT VERIFICATION SERVICE
647-895-4739.
THE CHECK THEY GAVE ME SAID ALBERTSONS EMPLOYEE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, OR SOMETHING SIMILAR


2006-02-01 19:19:14 -
if i won euro lotto and they send me a check from a florist company and they said the check was good.my son called and i wentto the back and cashed it for the amount then they toward me to go to western uion and send the money they send then we called than back and gave the confrime number to then and they asked if we wanted to go to bank are their could delvieed it to me in seven days and have my picture taking with than and they would give me a check.how do i know if its real are not.shirley


2006-02-01 16:39:30 - Dont get Conned
matthew, you haven't used any of your own money YET. soon the banks are gonna be after you for their money back, plus fees. If you dont know what to do then read all the posts below, and ask yourself, why and how could you win all that money and never even entered in a drawing or didnt even know of it till now. Usually when there is a drawing there is advertisement, because the people doing the drawing has to benefit somehow, not just giving away fee money. People on earth work hard for money to survive. No one is gonna give free money like this.


2006-02-01 15:18:09 -
I just received a letter with a check inside for 4900 dollars. The letter indicated that my wife had one 65,000 dollars, and this check was to cover taxes, and state fairs. We called and a guy names John assured us this was not a scam, but they do not like to call people, and tell them they have won money , but taxes needs to be paid, so they send these checks.

He instructed us to western union the money to one location, but make it to two different people. Then after we got the Western Union verification number he would fed ex us a check for 48,540 ( we asked why it wasn't 65,000, and he said they take 20 percent) I asked so many times if it was real, and he assured us that everyone deserves a break, and we were getting ours, and he seemed so nice. He was from a place called Pacific Trust Bank, and it said it was sweepstakes, and Lottery verification service. The number we have been calling him at is 647-895-4739. They always answer professionally and with the bank name.

WHAT CAN I DO? WE WERE SO EXCITED , AND WE NEEDED IT SO BAD?? I JUST NEED TO KNOW WHAT TO DO, IS FAKE? HOW CAN I DETERMINE IT. WE HAVE NOT HAD TO FORK OUT ANY OF OUR OWN MONEY. THE BANK SAID THE CHECK WAS REAL


2006-01-31 01:04:33 -
scams


2006-01-30 20:08:58 -
I ignored the first notice that I won a Euro Lotto but the second time, I wondered if I was ignoring a great opportunity. The check looks so real but that letter was copied and just did not look too official so I checked the website and came across everyone else's post. This is sad. I am wondering how they got my new name, I just started using it! Mine asked that
I call a phone number in London, a Trevor Jones of
New Horizons Financiers, subsidiaryof Euro Trust
Corporation. I think the big flag was when they
claimed it needs to be kept absolutely confidential
because they want to avoid unauthorized individuals
contacting me. Yeah, right! This makes me mad...


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