I can't beleive this happen to me, but it all started back in december when I was getting the (800) phone calls and I ingored them for a month and each and everytime the person left a message stating I won something and it was the same person. FINALLY, I gave in and called them at the end of of the the next month because I thought it could be possible since most scams came to me via mail or e-mail.
The guy spoke on behalf of American Money Corp and while I was I the phone I tried his name and the companies name to see if it was a scam and I got nothing so this sounded more real to me. He said from a international purchase I won 250 thousand dollars for taking 4th place from a drawing which I enter from buying some item internationally (which was true as I did buy something from another country). The company who sponsored this was American Money Corp.
I had to go and told him I would call back and unfortunately I had a medical emergency and I called from him a week later. He told me in order to claim this money I had to pay a fee and he said it was for taxes. He claimed I couldn't you the check to pay it off because of the winning being international, but he told me they pay off most of it and I was charged $999 for it.
I called some people and told and they told me it was a scam but before this I thought people were good and I called him back and told him no and then he questioned my faith and some how got me to trust him. I told him I couldn't pay it all at first and he said its fine he would take care the remaider and I could use the check to pay it off rest.
I did and he later said I had to pay the rest cause two names can't cover the insurance cause their was only one name on the check. I didn't want to be apart of it and he said I could get in Federal trouble for not completing the whole payment. I paid the rest off and then he called and said their was another charge using a different alias.
I then just said i I was going to be in trouble I want to do it first I was in hysterics I did the following and please do this if ever your being scammed.
1. Call your local FBI to report it.
2. Change your number as soon as you can
3. Once you figure its a scam do not call them back at all.
4. Check your credit history quarterly (every 3-4 months) if you gave them any sensitive info and just to be sure they aren't using the info you gave them to purchase any cards, items, or charges.
I will never see the world the same.