Report: #147246


  • Submitted: Thu, June 23, 2005
  • Updated: Thu, June 23, 2005
  • Reported By: FORT LEE New Jersey
    MADRID, Other


*Consumer Comment: Unfortunate Scam using real company names

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I received a same letter dated June 15, 2005 in the mail the other people have been receiving. When I opened the letter it had a title Loteria primitiva and i was little skeptical so i started reading the letter. I was totally surprised to know that I had won a lottery in the third category and the winning prize was $615,810 US dollars. It explained my name was selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, America, north America and Africa as part of their International promotions program which they conduct once every year.

Since I never got any thing free in life and always worked hard for everything I have, I couldn't tell you how happy I was to know I won the lottery that will change my entire life. This was a total dream come true, I was thrilled in my mind that soon I will be able to pay off debt, be able to buy a house for my old parents which I have been wanting to do for the longest but my finances has not allowed me to do that.

It was sunday June 19th 2005 when I received this letter it happened to be Father's Day. I was dying to share this great news with my parents and my husband but wanted to make sure it's true before i give them false hope. The letter asked to keep this award secret from public notice until my claim was processed and money remitted to my account as part of their security protocol to avoid doule claiming.

I couldn't sleep sunday night and I couldn't wait it to be Monday morning so can call and confirm about my lottery. Monday morning i called the number was given in the letter suppose to be my agent's Jeffery Gomez number who is foreign operation manager SANTA LUCIA SECURITY CO. S.A.

When I called that number man answered the phone and said he was Jeffery Gomez I asked him I received a letter in mail saying I won a lottery is that true ? He asked me to give him Ref.No. and Batch No. and he will check for me while I was on the phone with him. He checked and confirmed I was a very lucky woman with very lucky name who has won $615,810 US dollars. He said he was Foreign operation manager from SANTA LUCIA SECURITY CO. S. A. a government agency who will help me get my lottery money and once I receive my money I need to send back this co. 10% for helping me get the money.

He asked me to fill out information sheet that was sent in the mail with my name, address, date of birth, phone number, fax number my profession and my bank information including the name of the bank, address, account number, routing number and fax it to him as soon as possible.

I was so happy I filled out the information sheet and faxed it to him right away and then called and confirmed he received it. Tuesday morning I received a call from Jeffery and he asked me to send $1850 US dollars by western Union to John Kelvin so that they can take care of the taxes in spain since I was not spanish citizen I need to pay tax and clear my money from there and fax him the western union receipt along with my driver's license so he can confirm my identity.

I asked him can you just deduct this money from my prize and send me the rest he said it wasn't possibe the lottery money was secured under my name by the lottrey co. and no one is allowed to touch even a penny. Therefore I sent $1850 plus western union fees total of $1964 . He called me back and told me he got my fax and tomorrow centra bank of spain will call me to confirm my bank information before they do wire transfer.

I received a call wednesday morning 8.00 a.m. from a man who said he was Pablo Sanchez from Centra Bank of Spain and he wanted to know how would I like to receive my lottery money. He sounded just like jeffrey but I didn't wanted to be skeptical and told my self oh it could be a Spain thing that every body sounds the same. I told him I was driving call me back in half hour he suggested I should contact my agent.

When I called my agent that afternoon he asked me if I have spoken to the Bank yet, I told him I couldn't hear well the guy from the Bank and he supposed to call me back but he never did.

Therefore Jeffery told me Bank wants to know what kind of wire transfer would you like and disscuss what it will cost me. He gave the phone number that suppose to be the bank phone number and asked me to call. When I called that number did not go through. I called back my agent and told him that phone number did not go through he confirmed with me and said the number was correct and he will ask the Bank to call me back.

I received a call back few minutes later and it was Pablo from the bank who again sounded identical like Jeffery but again I did not want to doubt anything. Pablo told me they have two kinds of wire transfer one call the Telegraphic wire that will put the money in my account in 2 working days and the other one is ordinary transfer that will take 6 working days to get the money in my account. Telegraphic will cost $12316.13 and ordinary cost $9999.18 that I need to do wire transfer before they can release my lottery money. He told me security company already has put the money in the Bank and suggested I do this as soon as possible because after 48 hours if the Bank did not receive my payment they will send the money back to the security company.

Again, I said just deduct the money from my prize again they told me since I was the beneficiary they can't do that. I was afraid to lose my lotterey therefore I told my agent I do not have that kind of money but I will see what I could do by tomorrow. He strongly suggested again I need to consider 24 hours wire although it cost more but I get the money by Monday in my account.

I couldn't sleep the whole night thinking how will I come up with that money. Thursday morning I decided to look up in the internet about this co. before I start borrowing money from people.

As soon as I punch in the address for this co. information came up right away which warned me about this co. I am so thankful for the information, if it was not for this information I would have sent $12316.13 today and have put myself in more debt.

I decided to write about my experience because I know there are many people just like me who have a lot of responsibilities and are in desperate need of money.

I wish these bogus people get cought so they can stop hurting innocent people. I do not know who can help me get my hard earned $2000 back. I always knew there is nothing free in life. I do not know how I got my self in such a mess. Hopefully my letter will help other people to stay out of trouble.

FORT LEE, New Jersey
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#1 Consumer Comment

Unfortunate Scam using real company names

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

I only want to comment that it is unfortunate that you received this scam. It is going to be hard for you to get that money back as it does not involve the companies mentioned in the complaint. Whoever put this together did a good job of making it all believable. Having lived in Spain I know those companies.

The primitiva is really a lottery but you have to buy a ticket before the drawings occur. There is no such a thing as winning without buying tickets first. My mom buys it sometimes but she has a friend out there buy her the tickets. And Santa Lucia is another company but they would not be involved in any way or form in the lottery.

They are an insurance company(just like AllState or Progressive). I have seen that they add a bunch of real company names in their scam. Maphre is another insurance company they add in their scam.

Sorry to hear about your loss. Good thing you caught it before you sent more money though. I think the most you could do is report it to the Spanish authorities or Interpol. Not sure how you could go through doing that though since you are not in Europe/Spain.
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