Personal Injury Law
Personal Injury Law Questions? Ask Personal Injury Lawyers.
Good morning. I am Loren, a licensed attorney, and I look forward to assisting you.
What is the background of the claim? How did you come to be involved in a claim in Benin?
Were you required to pay any fees in advance to release your funds?
What is an "international contractor settlement" and why are you entitled to it?
Thank you for the additional information. I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.
Unfortunately, I am, without any doubt whatsoever, certain that the people you are corresponding with are not the officials they are purporting themselves to be and that they are in, actuality, criminals whose goal is to steal your money.
As you know, something which is too good to be true is, generally, not. Also, I am sure you suspect this is one of those times. Unfortunately, I am absolutely sure that there is no prize waiting for you from these people.This is positively a scam. It is known as an "Advance Fee Scam".Just remember:1. You can not win a sweepstakes or lottery you did not enter.2. No legitimate sweepstakes asks winners to pay upfront to release the winnings.3. If they were genuinely holding money belonging to you should be able to tell them to just deduct the taxes, insurance, courier fee (all red flags, by the way) and send you a net check.
4. No legitimate lottery or sweepstakes notifies major winners by text, email or regular mail.
Do not send any money or otherwise respond. They are trying to steal from you.
Here is an online warning from the FTC:http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/youarehere/pages/pdf/FTC-Fraud-Scams-The-Winner-Is.pdf
I realize this is probably not the answer you were hoping to receive. Also, please remember that this is not necessarily a moral judgement on my part. As a professional, however, I am sometimes placed in the position of having to deliver news which is not favorable to a customer's legal position, but accurately reflects their position under the law. I hate it, but it happens and I only ask that you not penalize me with a bad or poor rating for having to deliver less than favorable news.
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