Report: #454245

Complaint Review: Gold Rush International Lottery Services

  • Submitted: Thu, May 21, 2009
  • Updated: Fri, May 22, 2009
  • Reported By: Oceano California
  • Gold Rush International Lottery Services

    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Phone: 702-520-80743
  • Web:
  • Category: Lottery

Gold Rush International Lottery Services Calling to Inform You That You Have Won 2.5 Million Dollars Las Vegas Nevada

*Consumer Comment: There is no prize.

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Received a phone call at 5:45pm from a man calling himself David Peterson with Gold Rush International Lottery Services located in Las Vegas and in Fresno, Ca. stating that I had won 2.5 million dollars as a result from shopping at Walmart and using my credit card.

He wanted me to go to a Western Union and send $250 to an individual, Mary Bunkle, located in Louisville, KY. This was to cover the insurance and security of getting the check to me. (Supposedly refundable after I got the check). If I paid it tonight they would arrive tomorrow morning between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Gave me a phone number to call if I did it and an alternate in case I couldn't get a hold of him. By the way, had to put me on hold for another in coming call. Should also mention that I could hear someone in the background making a similar call.

He asked if I wanted them to come with a camera crew to film the event and if I wanted them to escort me to the bank. Also, if I wanted my name published or confidential.

Asked me if I was familiar with Western Union, Fed EX, BBB, & IRS. Said he needed to fill out a T19 tax form.

As he tried to convince me that this was for real, I went to the BBB to see if they had any listings for this company and there was nothing (for a business that is suppose to be 30 years old).

Informed him that I was checking the business out online. He inquired where, I told him BBB and there was no listing of such business. He said that Gold Rush doesn't have a web address because they don't want other people getting our information. I didn't buy it.

I am a person of great faith which I did not mention and somehow he knew this and tried to persuade me that he was too and even quoted a Bible verse. Still didn't buy it.

Eventually, he told me I was too skeptical and challenging. He could not deal with me any more and hung up.

Is it not illegal to require payment for the claiming of a prize?!!

Oceano, California

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#1 Consumer Comment

There is no prize.

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

And there never was. You don't get 2.5 million from a contest that you never entered. It just doesn't happen. Also, you're correct. In the astronomically rare event that you win 2.5 million you would not have to pay to receive the money. Common sense would tell you that if they have $2.5 million of your money, they certainly don't need you to send them $250

This scammer relies heavily upon the greed of the victim. There are millions of people out there who do not believe in the tooth fairy, yet they do believe that millions of dollars will just fall into their lap with no effort on their part. You did good.

By the way, the part of the scam that he didn't get around to is that you have to send him the money via Western Union. This money is not traceable and it's they only way they can get their hands on your cash without leaving a trail to follow. The large majority of Internet and phone scams require the victim to part with their cash via Western Union or Moneygram. It's a dead giveaway. Legitimate businesses to not require that you use untraceable cash services.
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