Complaint / review / scam report
Ripoff Claimed I won a sweepstakes
On June 15, 2006 I received a letter that stated this was my final notice, Capital Trust will close your account in 3 weeks from the date of their letter. They claim they have tried calling and prior letters, (never happened) and now if I don't answer this letter my winnings $79700.00 (what did I enter? -they don't know, they just know that I won! ) will be sent to the government, (which entity? -they can't answer) as a dormant account! The kicker is they enclose a Bank of America Cashier's check for $2889.00 USD and instruct you to call 780-695-4155 AFTER cashing! I took the cashier's check to my bank, they verified funds and deposited into my account. I called "RAJEEV or RAHID or RA-something" He was definitely from the Middle East. He said my next instruction was this check was sent to cover taxes and wire fees. Now go to the nearest Western Union or Moneygram (he preferred Moneygram @ 7-11 which I found amusing since many 7-11's are owned by Middle Eastern franchisees) and wire the equivalent Canadian $2675 145 in fees to James Leroy 1465 Peel St Montreal QB CA H4M 2XY within 72 hours and he would "pay the fees to release the money" and wire me the $79700.00 less his fee of 10%. (THAT WAS THE ONLY CATCH-Ha Ha! ) Ok sounds fishy, but the bank said the cashier check was "GOOD" Anyway my husband, a police officer, found out that I bought into this and started asking questions, he then called RA-whoever and he asked about the sweepstakes, why do we have to wire such a small amount to James Leroy when he is holding onto 70 some thousand, why can't James deduct the fees from the winnings like they do if you win the lottery. "Look if you do not want to do this just void the cashier check and throw it out, it does not matter to him" If you want your winnings do this right away, they are sending thousands back everyday. My husband asked who was "holding the money"? Capital Trust he was an agent, Mr. James Leroy was from Capital Trust. Do they have a website, he don't know. Capital Trust is a multinational company worth millions of dollars they make their money from the 10% fee, that's who they are. Again, their website? Didn't know! What about a phone number for James, he didn't know, just an address? Anyway we left it with him that we were going to wait until their cashier's check cleared before we sent the wire, he got pissed and told my husband he had other people to help, have a nice day. 6 days later the check was returned by my bank as fraudulent. Just as we suspected. Thankfully there was information regarding this type of fraud on the Western Union website, but for the unsuspecting souls out there-BEWARE! We did check complaint FIRST!!! and other web resources, there wasn't anything negative out there....
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