• Report: #457601

Complaint Review: Freelotto, Plasmanet, Mark.hopgood

  • Submitted: Tue, June 02, 2009
  • Updated: Sat, June 27, 2009

  • Reported By:28492 Matalpino (Madrid) Other
Freelotto, Plasmanet, Mark.hopgood
freelotto.com Nationwide U.S.A.

Freelotto, Plasmanet, Mark.hopgood well designed fraud by hopgood New York Internet

*Consumer Comment: Not Given A Fair Rating/Plasmanet-Free Lotto

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Mark Hopgood and FreeLotto are not connected in any way.

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The biggest lottery in the world? 46 million members (me included) paying about ten dollars a week? Of cause not!

One day I was approached by Freelotto telling me that I won in a "free" lottery. First week 300$. Next week 10.000$ was added and later ONE MILLION DOLLARS! So I dedicated some of my time to check it up and sent them the number of a valid credit card I never use (and in Spain where I live we can reject all unauthorized charges in 30 days) and I was requested to "confirm my identity and address" which I did, but I understood that the motive was to get my credit card and charge me for future "free" games. So no checks will be coming.

So I went on checking. The lawyers working for Freelotto are top quality and everything is - almost - waterproof. The man behind everything is Mark Hopgood, presumably living in Sevenoaks in UK (which makes any legal action in USA more complicated). Aronin is probably just what we call in Spain un hombre de paja (a strawman)

In most European countries this setup would be totally criminal (I was a lawyer for forty years) and I do not understand why the American authorities let them go on. The rules for Freelotto say that the highest award they give is 10.000$ so the ONE MILLION DOLLAR prize is pure invention and as such misleading marketing. Obviously they have never had any intention to pay anything either.

Surfing in Internet is like going out in the street. You meet all kind of people, good and bad and even some purely criminal, like this case, that do not mind robbing you. If you want to stop them charging your credit card, tell the bank, not Freelotto. It is like asking Al Capone to stop robbing! And be careful whenever you see the names Freelotto, Plasmanet, Mark Hopgood or even a similar setup. It is designed just for one reason. TO FOOL PEOPLE!

Bengt
28492 Matalpino (Madrid)
Spain

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#1 Consumer Comment

Not Given A Fair Rating/Plasmanet-Free Lotto

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

I played Free Lotto for less than 1 year and I won $10,000.00 dollars. This was genuine money. At the end of the year I was sent a 1099 Tax Statement to file for taxation purposes as no taxes were deducted from my winnings. I have been scammed on numerous occassions but this was not the case at all. I would like to caution everyone to read everything thoroughly before making any type of financial commitment. Don't hesitate to research a company or product. The information that I am giving is not given hastily . I lost my life's savings to a scam.
With all offers and wins-please check the fine print. Sometimes the way a sentence is structured makes all the difference in the world.
To stay on point, Free Lotto is not a ripoff.(my personal opinion.)
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#2 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Mark Hopgood and FreeLotto are not connected in any way.

AUTHOR: Ex Plasmanet Uk Ltd Employee - (United Kingdom)

The person who wrote the above article did not do their homework, I'm afraid.

FreeLotto is run by an American company called Plasmanet Inc.

Mark Hopgood owns Plasmanet UK Ltd, a British company that provides excellent internal communications software to large corporations. It has been running since 2002, and I am an ex-employee.

We were made aware of the Freelotto scam a few years ago when a few misguided people, desperate to claim their 'winnings', emailed their credit card details to us. Horrified, we destroyed the credit card details immediately and did some research. We were concerned, naturally, that Free Lotto would give our company a bad name.

It seems that Plasmanet Inc. are difficult to get hold of directly. And careless customers have mistaken Plasmanet UK Ltd as the Free Lotto provider.

However, Plasmanet UK Ltd and Mark Hopgood are not connected to Free Lotto in any way.
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