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Sands Tourism Sent Me Two Scratch Off Tickets and Say I’m a Winner. Is This a Scam? – Luena

“Dear Steve,

I received an envelope thru my post office box, front of the envelope no name only our mailing address which is PO. Box etc… as I open this envelope it was promotional brochure from sandstourism on their 9th anniversary and there is a 2 scratch and win promo ticket which I scratch the first one it said “thank you” and the second ticket I scratch ” 2nd prize USD 160,000.00 so I called the number on the brouchure to claim the prize.

When I’m claiming my prize they told me to scanned the promo ticket so they can verified the bar codes if its valid. they call me personally that the ticket is valid so they asked me a clients#. which I dont have.. meaning in order for you get this client number you have be a member on this company (hondings) they are investor in Hongkong.

so they research my name if I’m one of the investor in this company which my name did not show. so they called me again telling me becasue i’m not a n investor i may not be qualified to get the prize they told the major prize is hold for the investor and I ask them if this ticket is hold for one of the investor why did i get this in my mail?

they answer it got mixed up when they in put the promo ticket they accident put on my box number.. so i fight for it i told them no one can claim this ticket accept for me because i have the original ticket after how many days they called me that the company decided to grant the prize to me.. the company holding called me today for verification, and read me a letter of authorization of Hongkong in short ” in order for the company to release this big amount of money need to go in court for legal documentation they asking me a security deposit $3336.04, which after I received my prize they will reimburse the $3260.04, the $100.00 is process fee. I’ve been communicating them for 1 week I called them or they will call me.

should I send them the money? what if this is a scammed? How would i find out if this is a scammed?

Luena”

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The Answer

Dear Luena,

No need to do any more research, it’s a scam.

They are trying to con you to put up thousands of dollars in hopes of getting a big payday. It’s an age old scam. You dangle a big prize out there and make the victim think they only have to invest X to get Y. It seems like a variation of the Nigerian Oil scam.

If you would like to report the mailing, you can file a complaint with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service online, click here.

Save your money.

Please post your responses and follow-up messages to me on this in the comments section below.

Big Hug!

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  • Tomas

    CLAIMING THE WINNING PRIZE CASH USD160,000.00, PLEASE SEND IT ME ‘COZ I SURELY NEEDED IT FOR MY PERSONAL SPENDING MONEY THIS NEW YEAR. FORTUNATELY, THIS IS CERTAINLY MY LUCKIEST WINNING TICKET TO ROAD TO RICHES, AND TO COMPLIMENTARY LOTTERY PRIZES REWARDS. SO, PLEASE PROCCEES IT RIGHT NOW AND SEND ME THE RESULTS. THANKS A LOT.

  • Michalle

    Hello,
    Today I recd by post with my name and address correctly from Angels Holidays and it contained 2 scratch tickets. The envelope has 2 Malaysian stamps and they have been stamped by some post office also in Malaysia.
    first one said ‘Thank You” and second one says “USD 160,000.00″.
    I contacted them and they replied saying to scan ticket to verify genuineness and also to fill details in the card.
    Since I do not know what the client Number is, I sent an e-mail asking them to clarify the same. I am waiting for the reply.
    Let me see how far this goes.
    As such I am not going to part with any bank or other personal details.
    Can anyone tell me how and to whom can i report it? I am in Australia.
    How could they have got my details including name and contact details?
    can someone throw some light.
    Thanks,

  • Hamandsnow

    Happitourism (www.happitourism.com ) are undertaking the same scam.

  • Pfeifercindy

    Hi I was scamed to, I recieved two tickets in the mail, one said thank-you the other said I won $150,000 from Corey Travel. I spoke to Ryan Lim.I didn’t have a client number either but they were still going to give me the prize. I had a contact from their major sponsor Alliance Ass. Finance out of Hong Kong, spoke to Martin Low who said I had to put a security deposit down $3750.00, they even sent me a Letter of Guarantee. I contacted the FBI. Hopefully they will get these crooks.

    • Evelyn

      I herd that this people and this company Benjamin And Ryan Holding and Sands Tourism they been doing it for long time now I really don’t know why can they do something to stop them are they scerd to go in and pick them up cause there a bomb there thats why they just letting them go and do what they want to do cause maybe Benjamin and Ryan Holding and sands Tourism holding the big man family hosted that why they just let them go and do what they want to do just remember they are a SCAMMER dirted and bad bad people don’t worry god is not sleeping it will come to them but it’s going to be hard just watch

  • Ja

    Sit you tell me what kind of people or a company is this that will take away the future and there life from Senior and Disabilities person even they know that you only receiving Social Security this what they say we Benjamin and Ryan Holding we don’t care what you say or the say or think as long as there not a member in our company we really don’t give a dame anyway it’s to let they already took the money it amost 15.000.00 and this person never got the winning money cause after this person pay everything this company Benjamin and Ryan Holding said am sorry we cannot give you the winning money because only for the member only and you not a member so I was thinking they use the the senior Disabilities money to pay the member and how dare them doing that to the Disabilities. just remember we do care young or old Benjamin and Ryan Holding think again

  • K Kacvinsky

    I have paid the government of Hong Kong 3.5% of the 160,000.00 USD for tax purposes.
    now that i know it is a scam how can i get my money back???

  • Rebandpaul

    Hello my I am Becky, My parents received the same lotto ticket. I did my research, Wow ! Smart move. Just want to Thank-you all .

    Thanks,
    Becky

  • Berniequidachay

    SCAM INDEED!!!!  Why hasn’t anyone reported these people?  Who do we report them toooo.  I am infuriated by this because I received two of their scratch cards and it also told me that I won the 2nd prize of 160,000 usd.  How stupid do these people think we are, what makes them think we won’t do research on them.  Trust me we will have the last laugh when we spread the word the this whole thing is a scam.  SPREAD THE WORD.  Luckily I haven’t given them my account number and routing # 

  • Iva

    SandsTourism 9th Anniversary Scratch Card is a FAKE! I will say cause I got it through my postal mail. I’ve been talking to a lady who sounds more like a guy in the other end who goes by the name of Ashley Chong. Scanning the ticket front to back in color to show proof I got the winning ticket was pointless. From there on she called me on my cell asking me for my client’s no or member no. Unaware we have to be a member, I argued why mail out scratch cards to anyone if it’s only for their client’s. She brief that the major prizes where for the client’s because they invested money to their sponsers and so on. The next day she call ed me to say her IT MGT. decided to award me the prize money since it was their fault that it was a mixed up their end. With 2 conditions to promote their company here on Guam and to not let anyone know I wasn’t a member. BLAH! BLAH!
    I played along, knowing it was just all boogus. Came to part I said I agreed. They said to wire the money by Western Union to a guy name TUCK WAE LEE, China. To make a long story short.. all comments made on this Forum are the same thing I went through. So please dont fall victim to these people who assures you that you won $160,000.00. Be content on what you have. To win such prize money, you should’nt have to pay for something you win.

    Thank you,

    almost a Victim to a scam from Sands Tourism
    Iva

    • Marvaguerrero

      Wishful thinking as well and I’m from Guam! my sister and I received the same thing and she was dealing with Albert Lim and I am dealing with Ashley Chong! I called up the FBI to find out if it’s a scam and a women who answered said that it is a scam! However they have not asked me to send money just yet. Can’t the FBI or other agencies investigate and take some legal actions? I’m still in the process and had given them a fake account number just incase. Granted that they are from another country something must be done! If they can trace the location and seize operation or is it because it’s not in their juristicion to interfere?

      MG from Guam

    • Marvaguerrero

      Wishful thinking as well and I’m from Guam! my sister and I received the same thing and she was dealing with Albert Lim and I am dealing with Ashley Chong! I called up the FBI to find out if it’s a scam and a women who answered said that it is a scam! However they have not asked me to send money just yet. Can’t the FBI or other agencies investigate and take some legal actions? I’m still in the process and had given them a fake account number just incase. Granted that they are from another country something must be done! If they can trace the location and seize operation or is it because it’s not in their juristicion to interfere?

      MG from Guam

      • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

        The FBI does not get involved until the amount scammed from people reaches a substantial amount. They just simply don’t have the resources to deal with every bogus effort that comes along.

        If they have not asked you for any money yet, wait for it…

        The best thing you can do is to not give them your bank account information and warn others.

      • Marvaguerrero

        It’s funny how I just posted this information and Ashley Chong decides to call me to let me know that his upper management cannot honor my ticket because they are receiving calls from people claiming the same winnings. He also mentioned that they are going to have the FBI do an investigation on such matter because there is only suppose to be 2 winners and one of them is their client from New Zeland. I told him then why did you say that my ticket was authentic? He said that his management will call me to explain. So ironic that I mentioned FBI as well as him. I think this site is being monitored by them because I heard fear and panic in his voice.

  • Ivanie

    Gosh if I had known it was a scam I would have never gave my routing # and my bank account # to this guy Albert Lim from SandsTourism.. What do I do now??? Please help??

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      Contact your bank and change your account number before someone reaches into your account.

  • Frankie

    this is the picture of the ticket

  • Frankie

    hello my name is frankie about a week ago i receiveed the same two ticket for a christmas thing by sandstourism, the 1st ticket said “thank you” and then the second ticket said “2nd prize USB 160,000.00″ i don’t know if this is a scam or not so i called the number on the ticket and ask the guy if it was a scam he said he has work there for three years and the company has been in business for nine years and it is not a scam. i don’t want to put be scam because my family is already having fanaical problems. i don’t want to risk it but, i could use the money, what should i do? here is the picture of the ticket

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      Thank you so much for attaching pictures of the ticket. Awesome.

      If they are asking you to put up any money in advance, my vote is it’s a scam.

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      Thank you so much for attaching pictures of the ticket. Awesome.

      If they are asking you to put up any money in advance, my vote is it’s a scam.

    • Iva

      Hi Frankie,

      It’s a SCAM! because I got the same scratch cards as well, the person I spoke to was Ashley Chong, Claims Dept. She told me to speak to a guy name Aron Choo at Benjamin & Ryan Holdings. From there on I was a bit skeptic on why I have to pay a security deposit for my  2nd prize of USD $160,000.00. (4% of the prize money to the high court) which was $6,400.00 (50%) was going to be paid by Aron and (50%) paid by me, above all of that Ashley over at SandsTourism keeps assuring me it’s not scam. But just researching and reading your situation 99.9% is the same thing that happen to me. But I did not give my account no. So dont be fool from them its a SCAM.

      Thanks, Iva  

    • Ja

      They say to me the same thing what you say it true but they got me I never been in computer or Internet before in my life so I really don’t know anything about a scam I just starred this year but it’s to let for me they already got my money and I did not get the winning money do you want to know how they got our address they spy our state our country and our Island just to get our mailing address you see it they don’t know the owner name on the box only the number am Senior Disabilites person and only receiving SS but this what they say our company don’t care and give a dame what are you or who you are and we don’t care what people say as long as there not a member in our company so they use my money to pay 2 place members Benjamin and Ryan Holding and Sponsor and Supported it’s wrong what you doing to the U.S.A

  • Luena Carter

    Dear Mr. Steve,
    Thank you. They still calling me (Albert Lim).I did not pay them but my mistake I  gave them my account number in my bank which I barely used. Please advise.

    Thanks,
    Luena

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      Luena,

      Unauthorized withdrawals is a big problem. Once the money is taken out, which is actually relatively easy if you know what to do, it can cause a ripple effect in your account.

      At this point, it’s much safer for you to contact your bank, explain what happened, and ask them to change your account number.

      It will create a pain to change the number if you have existing automatic debits and deposits.

      But I’ve seen enough of these situations go bad to know the pain in changing your account number is insignificant to the grief you will have to deal with if your cash is drained by scammers.

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