This is an alert to all who think they are participating in a legitimate lottery. My 73-year old father received a letter from Global Trust Agency a division of Global Lotto finance Limited. The letter read as follows:
ATTENTION: PERSON'S NAME
RE: AWARD NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today, the 15th day of Mar 2006, of the winners of THE INTERNATIONAL LOTTO PROGRAMS held on the 24TH Jan 2006 as part of our first quarter of the year bonanza.
Your ticket numbers 034-1416-4612-750, with serial number 6521-11 drew the lucky numbers 31-51-22-24-39-43, and have won the prize in Category C.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$750 000.00 in cash credidted to file REF:EKS255600304. This total prize money of US$12,800,000.00 is shared among 14 winners in this category. All participants were selected through a computer balloting system drawn from 25,000 names from Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe and North America as part of our International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually.
Your prize winning funds are held in trust fund with GLOBAL TRUST AGENCY, and are deposited in your name. As part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming, unscrupulous acts by participants of this program or any mix up of numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your certified check, personally hand delivered.
In addition we have enclosed a Certfied Cheque in your name, to assist each client with paying the Government Fee, and to assure you with the authenticity of this proceeding.
To begin the process of claiming your award please contact a Global Trust accounts manager.
Ms. Betty Dixon or Mr. Joseph Maxwell at, 1-866-219-2211
YOU MUST CONTACT AN ACCOUNT MANAGER BEFORE DEPOSITING YOUR CHEQUE.
If we do not here from you within 15 days of receiving your cheque, your file will be closed. Again congratulations from all members fo our staff and thank you for your interest in the International Lotto Program.
My father proceeded to call and Betty (Dixon) called him back and told him to cash the check ($3,500.00)then call her. He did so. She told him to send $2900.00 to Tom Bell in British Columbia, Canada through Money Gram in WalMart department store. It cost $2900 $123.00. My dad sent it. He called Betty again with the confirmation number. She told my dad she would call him back as soon as she confirmed receipt of the money. She called my dad back and told him everything was all set. That the next day the money would be delivered at 4:00 pm ET. That there would be a confirmation call in case it were to be delivered earlier.
The next day Betty called and said that there was another fee for transporting the money from Europe. Granted she said early on that the money was from Australia? The fee was $750.00 in addition to the money that was already sent for "Government Fees".
These people should be ashamed of themselves. Playing dirty tricks on older people should be stopped.
Please if anyone else has been shafted by this sort of scam let the Better Business Bureau know and ripoff report.