• Report: #185737

Complaint Review: LONDON TOBACCO LOTTERY PROMOTIONS, UK

  • Submitted: Sun, April 09, 2006
  • Updated: Tue, April 11, 2006

  • Reported By:Indianapolis Indiana
LONDON TOBACCO LOTTERY PROMOTIONS, UK
3b Houghton Way, St James Centre, Leicester City, L30 1RD, Yukon United Kingdom

LONDON TOBACCO LOTTERY PROMOTIONS, AMTRAK COURIER EXPRESS , UK Attempted ripoff Leicester City, L30 1RD Yukon

*Author of original report: Recent email received by Amtrak Courier Express

*Author of original report: Emails sent out by London Tobacco Lottery, UK / Amtrak Courier Express

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I originally entered a contest while online searching for discount cigarettes. There was a link which offered a chance to win the London Tobacco Lottery. I registered.

Approx. two months later, I started receiving emails stating that I had one. However, they wanted me to send the carrier service, AMTRAK COURIER EXPRESS, money in order to deliver my check.

The delivery fees started out at about $789.16USD. They also said that I could visit the UK and pick up my check.

When I said I would, they told me I had to send a copy of my Passport to get an invitation to visit the UK. They said I should be prepared to pay all taxes and fees.

This of course could not be deducted from my winnings.

Since I did enter this contest, I thought maybe it was legit. Everyone should know that if you win a lottery, taxes / fees are always taken out of the winnings.

Kevin
Indianapolis, Indiana
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 04/09/2006 04:44 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/LONDON-TOBACCO-LOTTERY-PROMOTIONS-UK/Leicester-City-L30-1RD-Yukon-L30-1RD/LONDON-TOBACCO-LOTTERY-PROMOTIONS-AMTRAK-COURIER-EXPRESS-UK-Attempted-ripoff-Leicester-185737. 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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Recent email received by Amtrak Courier Express

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

Dear Kevin

I will explain in details why you were asked to pay the required charges. I should have asked for your consent to deduct it from the total sum,but i did not because it is against my company policy to deduct from the winnings of winners. Note that your total prize claim of Two Million Five Hundred Thousand dollars has been insured to the real value and as such cannot be deducted from.

This is in accordance with section 13(1)(n) of the national gambling act as adopted in 1993 and amended on 3rd July 1996 by the constitutional assembly. This is to protect winners and to avoid misappropriation of funds.

Due to this fact we cannot subtract from your winnings.So try to make the payment soonest so that the delivery of your prize/winning to your destination could commence.And You are hereby advised that according to the directive from the UNITED KINGDOM GAMING BOARD, we are to summit parcels of all unclaimed winnings.

Mr. John Williams has shown so much interest on your winnings,please show a little appreciation.This is because other winners have collected their winnings.

Yours Faithfully,

Handling Agent
MR. DONALD JONES
Customer Services
Amtrak Courier Express Parcel Services
Depot: GLASGOW SOUTH
Address: 87 Hydepark Street
Finnieston Glasgow G3 8BW
Phone:+447031948885
Fax::+448704789777

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"AMTRAK COURIER EXPRESS" is a registered and copyright trade marks of: - AMTRAK COURIER INTERNATIONAL
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This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and may be legally privileged and are solely for the individual or entity to which they are addressed. If you have received this e-mail in error please delete this message and any attachment files, or contact AMTRAK COURIER Worldwide Express. On Tel: +447031948885. All business is transacted under our Standard Trading Terms and Conditions a copy of which is available upon request. E. & .O. E. All liability for viruses is excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.
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Emails sent out by London Tobacco Lottery, UK / Amtrak Courier Express

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

FROM: THE DESK OF THE E-MAIL PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
LONDON TOBACCO LOTTERY PROMOTIONS, UK
3b Houghton Way, St James Centre,
Leicester City, L30 1RD

REF NO: MELI-T/ 17-F044262312
BATCH: 901/00319/HLP

****AWARD WINNING APPROVAL: FINAL NOTICE.****

We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today of winners of the LONDON TOBACCO JACKPOT LOTTO WINNINGS, PROGRAMS held on the 20th
March,2006.

Your company or your personal e-mail address, is attached to ticket number 9901-0148-790-691, with serial number 6109-17 drew the lucky
numbers 990-11-815-37-10-83, and consequently won the lottery in the "A" category 2006

You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of\ US$300,000.00 in cash credited to file REF NO: MELI-T/ 17-F044262312.
This is from total prize money of US$9,000,000.00 shared among the. Thirty (30)international winners in this category.

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from twenty five thousand names from Australia, New Zealand, America,
Europe, North America and Asia, as part of International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually.

Your fund has been deposited in an escrow account and insured in your name. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim as been processed and your money remitted to your account.

This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program.We hope with a part of your prize, you will participate in our ear highstakes one hundred million dollars International Lottery.

You are required to forward the following details to help facilitate the processing of your claims and certificate which will facilitate the
release of your winnings.

1. Full names.
2. Phone number.
3. Fax number.
4. Occupation.
5. Sex.
6. Age.
7. Nationality.

It is expected that you would forward this information as soon as possible to enable us attend to your winnings. Once we confirm your
information, your payments would be processed. After you have sent down this information, a certificate will be prepared for you. This is to be your proof of winning.

Be advised that your winnings would be paid to you in installments of $30,000.00 {Thirty Thousand United States Dollars}. This is done because of the amount won by you, this money would be paid to you on monthly basis for the next 10 {Ten} months .You are advised to keep your winning numbers secret to avoid unscrupulous elements from taking advantage of the situation. Once again, congratulations.

To claim your winning prize, you must first contact the claimsdepartment by email:
***********************
Mr.John Williams
Fax : +(44)709 286 9330
Email: londontobaccoclaimsagent_004@yahoo.co.uk
**************
For processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice.

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in all correspondences with this office.
Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform us as soon as possible.

Congratulations again from all our staff for being part of our promotions program.

Sincerely,
Mrs Maggie Beans
For London Tobacco lotto;

N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result in disqualification and any winner below the age of 18years is
automatically disqualified

*************************
THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF HEALTH WARNS THAT SMOKERS ARE LIABLE TO DIE YOUNG.


I am Mr. John Williams the fiduciary agent assigned to your case. I wish to Congratulate you on your victory.

Your email address is amongst those chosen this quarter from our new java-based software that randomly selects email addresses from the web
from which winners are selected.

We hereby inform you that we have processed your payment and your cheque is ready for disbursement, along with your winnings certificate. In this regard you are to choose from the options below the one that best
suites you on how you wish to receive your funds, also your funds deposited with us is not in liquid form but in Bank Cheque, this advice
complies with the Anti-Fraud section 2,sub section (iv) of the procedural manual of the funds disbursement agreement existing between courier companies and the British Government.

1. Travel in person to collect your funds at our payment center in U.K You will be required to present a valid International Passport as proof
of Identification.

2. Have our affiliate courier company send the cheque to you. In consonance with our policy in this regard, be advised that if you opt for the
cheque to be couriered LONDON TOBACCO PROMOTIONS, exempts itself from all liability related to this service. The cost of this service would be
borne by you; this is a prerequisite for this option. You will be referred to our affiliate courier company so that you can make enquires
concerning modalities, and charges.


We expect that you will notify us of your choice upon receipt of this message so that appropriate arrangement can be put in place.

Regards,
Mr.John Williams
...................
This email and its attachments are confidential and intended for the exclusive use of the addressee(s). This email and its attachments may
also be privileged or protected by legal rules. If you have received this by mistake please let us know by reply immediately and destroy the
email and its attachments without reading, copying or forwarding the contents.

AMTRAK COURIER EXPRESS
Depot: GLASGOW SOUTH
Address: 87 Hydepark Street
Finnieston Glasgow G3 8BW
Phone:+447031948885
Fax: +448704789777
Handling Officer: DONALD JONES
EMAIL: amtrakexpressparcels@hotmail.com
OR : amtrakcourierxpresuk@yahoo.co.uk

Dear Customer,

Good day to you. This is to inform you that we are in possession of a certified cheque which is to be couriered to you. The check is for $250,000.00 USD each for ten deliveries. You are to please confirm your alternative mailing address to enable us dispatch your parcel immediately. Note that we also do not deliver to P.O.Box address or street corners but to your residence.

It is the usual practice of our organization to conduct a proper verification of all parcels that we are to deliver to ensure that they are valid. Be rest assured that your check has been confirmed valid and true and delivery will be made once you have met the necessary requirements.

We are a well established company offering courier and transport services 24 hour a day for priority delivery of letters, parcels and consignments to any destination by road, air or sea. We have a substantial team of couriers available for motorcycle dispatch plus van driver couriers in all size vehicles from small vans up to 7.5 tone and international couriers for dispatch by road, sea or air.

Your Order number is AMT576578.

Description of parcel to be delivered:
An original certificate of weight: -------------0.15kg
Bonded draft of weight: -------------0.17kg
Total weight of parcel: -------------0.32kg
Colour of Parcel: -------------White

Delivery Destination: 3246 Highwoods Drive West, Indianapolis, Indiana 46222 U.S.A

Name: Kevin Jackson .

Below are the mandatory administrative charges that you required to pay to enable us courier your certified bank check to you. You are allowed to choose one of our three specified delivery arrangements.

STATUS OF DELIVERY [PLEASE CHOOSE ONE]
1) (6-7 days delivery)
Courier charges .............. 200.00 Pounds
Administrative ................150.00 Pounds
Insurance ....................100.00 Pounds
TOTAL... 450.00 Pounds....... $789.16 USD

2) (3-4 days delivery)
Courier Charges ...........210.00Pounds
Administrative .......... 190.00 Pounds
Insurance ...............80.00 Pounds
TOTAl... 480.00 Pounds....$841.92 USD

3) (Sameday delivery)
Courier Charges ........230.00Pounds
Administrative ........ 200.00 Pounds
Insurance ............ 100.00 Pounds
TOTAl... 530.00 Pounds..$929.82 USD

The charges are a little high because of the insurance cover we have undertaken incase of loss, damage or theft of your highly sensitive document. We assume all responsibilities incase of any eventualities.

You are to make the payment through Money Gram Wire Transfer prefarable so as to speed up the process of delivery. As we do not accept credit cards on cases like this. You are to locate the nearest Money Gram Wire Transfer Agent to you and make the payment through the name of our accounts officer below:

Mr. Marie Renee
Glasgow South
87 Hydepark Street
Finnieston Glasgow G3 8BW
United, Kingdom

Opening hours: 8.30am-6.00pm Monday to Friday. 8.30am-12.00 Noon Saturday and Sunday (London Time).

You are to fax this office a copy of the transfer slip. If you do not have a fax machine, just send the following information via email.
1. Name of sender
2. Sender's Address
3. Ref. Number
4. Amount sent

You are to send a copy of the evidence of payment to your handling agent as well for confirmation. A receipt of the above payment will be issued to you from our office along with your check.

As soon as we receive confirmation and evidence of payment of the above charges, we will dispatch your parcel immediately. The date and time of departure and expected date of delivery will be sent to you. You will be required to sign for the parcel and to do this, you will need either your international passport as identification or your driver's license.

All orders not delivered within fourteen (14) working days from this communication will be returned. Please ensure that you confirm your delivery address.

We are glad to be of service to you.

Customer Services
Amtrak Courier Express Parcel Services
Depot: GLASGOW SOUTH
Address: 87 Hydepark Street
Finnieston Glasgow G3 8BW
Phone:+447031948885
Fax::+448704789777

Handling Officer: MR DONALD JONES
EMAIL: amtrakexpressparcels@hotmail.com
OR : amtrakcourierxpresuk@yahoo.co.uk

PLEASE NOTE: DO CHOOSE ONE OF THE DELIVERIES (STATUS) THAT YOU WILL BE CONVENIENT AND AFFORDABLE FOR YOU.
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"AMTRAK COURIER EXPRESS" is a registered and copyright trade marks of: - AMTRAK COURIER INTERNATIONAL
==============================
This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and may be legally privileged and are solely for the individual or entity to which they are addressed. If you have received this e-mail in error please delete this message and any attachment files, or contact AMTRAK COURIER Worldwide Express. On Tel: +447031948885. All business is transacted under our Standard Trading Terms and Conditions a copy of which is available upon request. E. & .O. E. All liability for viruses is excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Dear winner,

How are you today? I am pleased to inform you that your claims application has been approved, and your winnings is ready to be paid out pending when you sign your fund release documents which is included in the parcel to be sent to you.

Congratulations! I believe a detailed explanation as been made available to you on your inclusion and eventual winning of the lottery.

We presently operate a partnership with Amtrak courier Services
International in London and they are our official courier service.

The documentation process is complete all that is left is for you to sign the fund release doucment. After signing the documents you are to keep the original and have a photocopy sent back to LONDON TOBACCO PROMOTIONS.Your package is presently with the courier firm for weighing so that you will have an idea of how much it will cost you to send it to your destination.contact
details are:

Handling agent,
Mr. Donald Jones
AMTRAK COURIER SERVICES INTERNATIONAL.
Phone:+(44)702-305-7417
Fax :+(44)870-478-9777
EMAIL: info_amtrakexpressparcels@yahoo.co.uk
amtrakexpressparcels@dnsau.org.uk

NB: Be sure to update this office on the proceedings between you and the courier company, and also every mail that you recieve
from the company should also be sent to this office.

Regards,
Mr.John Williams
Fax: +(44)7092869330
.................................
This email and its attachments are confidential and intended for the exclusive use of the addressee(s). This email and its attachments
may also be privileged or protected by legal rules. If you have received this by mistake please let us know by reply immediately
and destroy the email and its attachments without reading, copying or forwarding the contents.

Dear winner

We are in receipt of your mail and content clearly noted.

If you are optioning to come in person to our U.K payment center, you are expected to travel with 14,000 GBP as tax charges to cover your total sum of 300,000.00 USD.

Understand that your account cannot remain dormant as your fund is not in liquid form so you will be required to activate an online transactional account with our paying bank here in the United Kingdom before transfer can be made possible to your nominated account any where around the world and this would cost you 2,500.00 GBP.

You are to fax a scanned copy of an international passport or drivers license as a
proof of an international identity, this we are to forward to our logistics department, to make all necessary arrangements as regards your invitation and traveling to United Kingdom.

Upon receipt of your identity we shall proceed to furnish you with the contact details of our London payment office

A swift response would be highly appreciated so that all paper works will be made ready from our end.

Please accept our congratulations!!! And once again thank you for being part of our promotions program

Sincerely yours,
Mr. John Williams

Dear Customer,

We happily announce to you that we have confirmed your winning award at the London office.

The specified batch numbers, ticket number and serial number,including all the relevant documents that were sent to this office has been vetted satisfactory.

All information have been received and verified and your inability to travel has been noted.Also the amount that will be delivered to you after you meet up with your fees is Three hundred thousand united state dollars,After due verification of your winning notification and documentation sent by Mr.John Williams to this office.

We are required by law to get Notarization and Stamp duty on your winnings endorsed in the United Kingdom Tax Revenue Office, to be able to carryout the transfer of your winnings and also make or leave you as the true beneficiary of the won award under the Lottery Promotions, Zoned under United Kingdom, your certificate of award and other necessary documents will be sent to you via courierexpress mail to your given address upon your response to this claim procedure.

You are to please confirm the following information so that we can input it into our computer tracking system, this way you would be able to track the position of your consignment online using our web site till it gets delivered to you;

1.Your address you want your package delivered
2.The person that would sign to collect the package upon delivery
3.Your name
4.Phone number

With this information, we would be able to dispatch your parcel immediately. Note that we also do not deliver to P.O.Box address or street corners but to your residence. We would only deliver the consignment to the address you have given us and we would only hand over the consignment to the person you have assigned to sign for its collection. This individual must have a valid identification of him/herself as proof.

Your customer ref number is 576578. As soon as we receive confirmation of your address, we would be able to prepare a quote for the job. All orders not delivered within seven (14) working days from this communication will be returned.We would request that you give us a call to further discuss this matter,this is very important.

We are glad to be of service to you.

Mr. Donald Jones
Customer Services
Amtrak Courier Express Services
Depot: GLASGOW SOUTH
Address: 87 Hydepark Street
Finnieston Glasgow G3 8BW
Phone:+447031948885
Fax:+448704789777
=================================
"AMTRAK COURIER EXPRESS" is a registered and copyright trade marks of: - AMTRAK COURIER INTERNATIONAL
==========================
This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and may be legally privileged and are solely for the individual or entity to which they are addressed. If you have received this e-mail in error please delete this message and any attachment files, or contact AMTRAK COURIER Worldwide Express. On Tel: +447031948885. All business is transacted under our Standard Trading Terms and Conditions a copy of which is available upon request. E. & .O. E. All liability for viruses is excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law

AMTRAK COURIER EXPRESS
Depot: GLASGOW SOUTH
Address: 87 Hydepark Street
Finnieston Glasgow G3 8BW
Phone:+447031948885
Fax: +448704789777
Handling Officer: DONALD JONES
EMAIL: amtrakexpressparcels@hotmail.com
OR : amtrakcourierxpresuk@yahoo.co.uk

Dear Customer,

Good day to you. This is to inform you that we are in possession of a certified cheque which is to be couriered to you. The check is for $250,000.00 USD each for ten deliveries. You are to please confirm your alternative mailing address to enable us dispatch your parcel immediately. Note that we also do not deliver to P.O.Box address or street corners but to your residence.

It is the usual practice of our organization to conduct a proper verification of all parcels that we are to deliver to ensure that they are valid. Be rest assured that your check has been confirmed valid and true and delivery will be made once you have met the necessary requirements.

We are a well established company offering courier and transport services 24 hour a day for priority delivery of letters, parcels and consignments to any destination by road, air or sea. We have a substantial team of couriers available for motorcycle dispatch plus van driver couriers in all size vehicles from small vans up to 7.5 tone and international couriers for dispatch by road, sea or air.

Your Order number is AMT576578.

Description of parcel to be delivered:
An original certificate of weight: ---0.15kg
Bonded draft of weight: ---0.17kg
Total weight of parcel: ---0.32kg
Colour of Parcel: ---------White
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