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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.

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

Luena”

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.

Sincerly,
Steve

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24 Comments

  • 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.

  • 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,

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