I'm being scammed on the phone by an person named Wallace XXXXXX XXXXXX with a ASAP 500 company, saying that I won 18.5 million. He says that he is in management with the company,and they are housed in Houston, Texas. His phone number is XXXXX He says that I have to pay for a State Stamp approval and a small Insurance document fee to get my winnings. Does this sound legit to you or is this a scam?
I have tried to have send me verification of the Company, but to date I have not recieved anything from them.
Hello Jacustomer,Sorry, but this is a scam. Did you enter a contest with an $18.5 million dollar jackpot? You cannot win a contest you never entered. Scammers are always quick to tell you that you were chosen from a list of all Walmart shoppers, or all Toyota drivers or what have you. But in order to operate lawfully, a contest can't make up its own rules. Odds for legitimate contests are published to keep them both fair and legal, and they are based on the number of folks who have submitted entries.I have no idea of what an ASAP 500 company is, except to say that it's a nonsense term designed to make you think that the contest and the company running it will be legitimate. There are Fortune 500 companies, which simply put are the 500 wealthiest companies in the nation, but no ASAP 500 anywhere but in the imagination of the thief that is trying to work this scam.But the biggest sign of a fraud is the up front fee. If you ever do win a contest, you NEVER have to pay a read cent in order to collect your winnings. I don't know what a "State Stamp approval" is any more than I know what the ASAP companies are. It's just another piece of nonsense to make you think it's legimate. In reality, if there were ever any transfer fees of any kind and you were dealing with a real contest, they would take those fees out of what they are holding for you and send you the rest, free and clear with no strings attached.The only reason that they need to get some of your money before they can send you 'your money" is because the only money they have is what you would be foolish enough to send them. Do not have any further dealings with them. And whatever you do, send them no money. Just cease conversation with them. The quickest way to get them to go away is just to ignore them.There's a great site that will tell you all that you need to know about these contest scams. You can find it here.
18+ years experience in criminal fraud matters