First thing in the morning I get a call from some random area coded number, its early, so I ignore it. Then, thirty minutes later the number calls again. I figure its some telemarketer, and I will save us both sometime by answering and telling him or her that I am not interested; and to take me off the calling list. Next thing I know im on the phone with a very pushy woman with a heavy accent. She told me I have won over 55, 000 us dollars and a new bmw. She proceeds to ask where I get my income from. Red flag number one.
When I asked why she would need to know, she claimed it had something to do with the 295 dollars in taxes I would have to pay to receive my winnings. Red flag number two. If you win something, you shouldnt have to pay for it. When I stated my thoughts on this, she proceeded to ask me about my religion and claimed that she was a woman of god, and would not be lying to me.in fact, I was lucky! Many other people would desire to have these things! Then she also gave me a name and address of a banker that I would need to wire money to through united credit union or something. Red flag number three. If you are claiming to have a reputable business, dont hire people to try to manipulate your customers emotionally, or religiously. And for that matter, pretend I had said nothing and continue on with the bull crap sales pitch.
When I asked to speak to a manager, she did not put me on hold, but instead I heard muffled talking followed by a man introducing himself as joel peterson.
I expressed my concerns to this joel peterson, and asked for another number and address I could reach him at. He gave me the phone number to his "office" but said he was not allowed to give an address, just the same as he would not give my address to just anyone. Red flag number three.
I hung up and called his office. Sure enough he answered. Back to business: he gave me the same instructions as the lady, go to the bank, withdraw money, send it via this moneygram, to someone I never heard of, and was seemingly uninvolved with the business. I was also informed that, I was to tell nobody at the bank or at the moneygram place, of what was going on. I would loose over half of my winnings if I did! Red flag number four. I asked for the independant banker's information. I was denied my request.
I still was not convinced (at this point I wouldnt ever be. I was just screwing with them.). I told joel, and he started calling me all these pet names and telling me that he as well was a man of god, something about god and the devil were not the same. Somewhere in all that sweet talking, religious horse crap manipulation, he was also telling me that I simply must have all this done before noon (he asked me if I was all ready dressed), and that two fbi agents would be at my house when I return to escort me back to my bank. Red flags number five and six. Why does this man talk to me like I am a #ed child? And why would I need to be escorted for a check? Its not worth anything to anyone else.
I repeated that I wasnt buying it. Finally I was able to pry out of him the company's address. 303 carson st.in las vegas. Mhm, no zip code was given for the independant banker to whom I was to wire money to, or the address of the company. I was also able to retain the "names" of the fbi agents that would be coming to escort me. Mark ashley, and james foster. If you ask me, it all seemed just a little too generic and the sparse information had to be extracted from him like a damned root canal. Red flag number seven.
In short, these scammers set themselves up. (they are calling me again as I type these words!) I will be informing everyone I know, as well as the fbi. Hey! Maybe I can tell mark ashley and james foster that they are involved in a scam!
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