• Report: #412073

Complaint Review: EAST COAST FINANCIAL SERVICES AND CONSULTANTS

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  • Submitted: Wed, January 14, 2009
  • Updated: Tue, January 27, 2009

  • Reported By:Brimley Michigan
EAST COAST FINANCIAL SERVICES AND CONSULTANTS
4711 RADFORD AVENUE, RICHMOND, Virginia U.S.A.

EAST COAST FINANCIAL SERVICES AND CONSULTANTS I RECEIVED A LETTER STATING THAT I HAD WON $57,000.OO. RANDOMLY SELECTED THROUGH A COMPUTERIZED BALLOT SYSTEM AS A WINNER FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 2008 SWEEPSTAKES DRAW. RICHMOND Virginia

*Consumer Comment: I received this rip-off too.

*Consumer Suggestion: I also receieved the letter stating I won $57,000!

*Consumer Comment: They have you wire most of back to pay Taxes or Fees - thats the scam

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I received a letter stating that I had won $57,000.00. In the letter with no return address on the envelope was a check for $2,899.47. It stated that I was to call my agent Thomas Smith immediately. I called Mr. Smith and he stated that I was to take the check to my bank and deposit it, and then call him back when I did. He also stated that I would receive the remaining balance of the $57,000.00 minus the $2,899.47 in a couple of days.

Well I took the check to the bank like an idiot and of course they told me it was a scam which I was well aware of. They are going to look into the whole thing and let me know what they find out. Of course they are not going to find out anything, they are just following procedure. What I want to know is how do they get their money? Mr. Smith did not ask for any info and I did not provide any.

Ruby
Brimley, Michigan
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 01/14/2009 02:45 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/EAST-COAST-FINANCIAL-SERVICES-AND-CONSULTANTS/RICHMOND-Virginia-23211/EAST-COAST-FINANCIAL-SERVICES-AND-CONSULTANTS-I-RECEIVED-A-LETTER-STATING-THAT-I-HAD-WON--412073. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

I received this rip-off too.

AUTHOR: Djohnson76 - (U.S.A.)

I also received this letter, and I deposited the check and the money was made available to me. After calling them back, I was given instructions on how to send them the money for the administrative taxes that were supposed to be covered by the 2,899 dollars, and the name of who they said was an IRS agent. I was told that I didn't have to send the money immediately, though, and could wait until the rest of the winnings were delivered, and I decided to do that. I had written some checks on the money that had already been posted into my account, though, and then the check was returned for insufficient funds leaving my account in the negative.
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#2 Consumer Suggestion

I also receieved the letter stating I won $57,000!

AUTHOR: Irene - (U.S.A.)

I received the letter from East Coast Financial Services and Consultants also.
4711 Radford Avenue, Richmond VA 23211



Says I have un claimed prize money in the amount of $57,000 and I was randomly selected through a computerized ballot as a winner for the FOURTH QUARTER of 2008 sweepstakes draw. I was selected through a computerized ballot system drawn from Readers Digest, Publishers clearing House, Online Sweepstakes ad Internet Games..etc. An enclosed check was for the amount of 2899.47 to cover taxes and clearance fees.

I called the Thomas Smith and when I indicated I'd seen this on RipOff Report, he got snotty and got a nasty attitude. Therefore, We all know this is not real.

The letter has a lot of un professional items also, where zip code was incorrect, as well as the person that the letter said it was from. Says NelsonsK. with the name Kathline Nelson, the last name is not the same.

I'll update more tomorrow...
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#3 Consumer Comment

They have you wire most of back to pay Taxes or Fees - thats the scam

AUTHOR: Laurie - (U.S.A.)

Once you wire the money its gone forever and the phone numbers stop working.
Then you get word from the bank that the check bounced and now you have to pay the bank back and risk going to jail for passing bad checks.

Problem is NO LEGITIMATE LOTTERY OR SWEEPSTAKES sends you a check to pay taxes or fees with - They take those before you ever see a dime of it.
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