How many alarm bells were blaring and red flags blowing violently when I received the initial phone call on my cell phone?! The caller (Mr. Brown) contacted me from a private number - Ring! He didn't even know who I was when he called me - Red Flag! He said that my wife wanted to 'surprise me' with this award - Ring! He gave me specific instructions to obtain $500.00, apply it to a Green Dot MoneyPak Scratchcard for the purpose of verifying my identity - Red Flag!
After obtaining the Scratchcard, then I would give him the 14-digit code to the card so that he would know that I had purchased the card - but there would not be a withdrawal from the card; again it was merely for verification - Ring! Once the money was proven to be on the card (not by withdrawing it), then he would call UPS and a lady named Sharon Stone would come to my home to deliver my cash award of $50,000.00 along with a cashier's check for the remaining balance who was also a financial consultant and would kindly accompany me to my bank and 'help me' deposit it. This was so that the IRS would not tax the money that I had won and so I would know how to properly deposit it for it to not be subject to investigation because (according to Mr. Brown) "...it is illegal to have more than $1 million in a single bank account!" - Red Flag!
The Scratchcard was for taxes on the award, delivery fees, and a 'stamp' (WHAT?!) - Ring! They did not have my physical address, said that I was selected by a lottery through WalMart, and that I would have my award within a few hours - Ring! When I asked why he was calling from a private number, his answer was because the other agents were using the other lines - Seriously? - Red Flag!
I must admit that I fell for it for a moment because it was always my earnest desire to provide a tangible, financial security for my family; so in ignorance and to test the validity of the claim, I offered to get a Scratchcard with not $500.00, but $200.00. Mr. Brown tried to then bargain with me to see if I could possibly come up with the rest by borrowing it from my bank via a signature loan, friends, or family - Ring! "When I responded that any reasonable person would want to know why I needed such a significant amount and when in fact I would repay the loan. His answer was (very sharply stated), "I am trying to help you! You are not cooperating with me! Just do what you need to do to get the $500.00! Don't tell anyone what you need it for because real men don't discuss their financial matters with others!" - Red Flag!
Then, when I tried to call the number(s) that he finally gave me after I gave him the runaround for a while, all of a sudden I had tremendous problems trying to reach him! - Ring! Enter someone else I forgot to mention in the list of names connected to this ridiculous situation - Mr. Mark Anderson. To see what my experience was with Mr. Anderson, just start from the beginning of this report and it's pretty much a carbon copy with a slight twist! No disparagement to Green Dot, but I called to see if the card still had the initial $200.00 deposit on it; I doubt if I even have to tell you what the result was - Red Flag!
When I called this 'Mr. Anderson' and questioned their claims of integrity and that the funds on the Scratchcard were now in the possession of a 'Ms. Brown', his angry response was, "Who told you the Scratchcard was used?!" - Ring! So naturally, Mr. Anger-son (I mean Anderson) eventually became a disappearing act! - Red Flag! So of course now I begin to turn the table and harass them at least as much as they have harassed me. I would call, and call, and call, and call until I finally got someone to answer. When I spoke to the next individual it was Mr. John Scott. - Ring!
Hold on let me catch my breath because this little charade has proven to be exhausting! When asking about the other agents previously mention, Mr. Scott kindly informed me that he could not speak to me concerning the other agents - Red Flag! So then I asked him for an e-mail address where i could contact them directly. His response was that he didn't know their e-mail addresses and so he couldn't give me that information - Ring! Of course I antagonized him by asking how they could all work for the same company, virtually in the same office and not know each others e-mail address or even have a general e-mail address where I could simply direct the correspondence to the desired person: survey says, "You will either have to call him until you reach him, or I will just have him call you!" - Red Flag!
Listen, I won't belabor this by highlighting the insults hurled at me, and the things they challenged me to do in order to give them what they were harassing me for. I will just say one final thing before I conclude. The last person I talked to was Mr. David Brooks (and by the way, I never met or talked to this mysterious 'Sharon Stone'), and I gave him what I thought was a reasonable request - I merely asked if we could arrange a COD (cash on delivery). "Well we don't accept cash, or credit cards, or bank checks." You could have knocked me over with a butterfly's wing! - Ring!
I am SO done! For those that will take the time to read this and other disclosures on the predators who are, in my estimation, preying upon the vulnerability of people with a very calculated and sinister objective, please take every precaution, trust every instinct you have that is trying to persuade run the other direction, and believe the consistency in the reports that are given. You will not be the exception to the victimization of this diabolical plan!