Legal

Ask a lawyer and get answers to your legal questions

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

I was scammed by 3 guys that I have been talking on the

Customer Question
phone. Do you think...
I was scammed by 3 guys that I have been talking on the phone. Do you think that I could get my money back (over $20,000.00). I was told that I won $65 million dollars for my entry with the Reader's Digest sweepstakes that I sent sometime ago. They made me believe that they are legit, and that they are with the Federal government (Express Federal, LLC) is suppose to be their company. I was asked to send moneygram to different people to show that I was really interested in getting my reward. Because it was such a big amount, I thought it would really be a big help to my family (here in the U.S.) and my relatives in the Philippines so I went along, (I must have been temporarily insane and vurnerable) as I just recently found out that has been diagnosed with liver cancer and is need of medical attention and they don't have any means to get the immediate treatment that he needs (in the Philippines), so I blindly did what they asked me to do and to get several moneygrams. Please help me get my money back.
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Legal
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Legal Question
Answered in 18 minutes by:
1/30/2016
Lawyer: N Cal Atty, Lawyer replied 2 years ago
N Cal Atty
N Cal Atty, Lawyer
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 9,885
Experience: attorney at self
Verified

Thank you for your question.

How did they contact you?

Can you identify them?

Did they have you mail them money?

Ask Your Own Legal Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a lawyerLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Ely Your Own Question
Ely
Ely
Ely, Counselor at Law
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 24,657
24,657 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.

Ely is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

Not only did he answer my Michigan divorce question but was also able to help me out with it, too. I have since won my legal case on this matter and thank you so much for it.

LeeMichigan

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

24,657 satisfied customers

Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.

INFOLAWYER

INFOLAWYER

Attorney

22,843 satisfied customers

Licensed attorney helping individuals and businesses

JPEsq

JPEsq

Attorney

2,132 satisfied customers

Experience as general attorney, in house counsel, SSDI, Family Law attorney, and law professor

Law Educator, Esq.

Law Educator, Esq.

Attorney

44,266 satisfied customers

JA Mentor -Attorney Labor/employment, corporate, sports law, admiralty/maritime and civil rights law

Ellen

Ellen

Lawyer, Consultant

8,238 satisfied customers

25 years of experience helping people like you.

Guillermo Senmartin

Guillermo Senmartin

Lawyer

301 satisfied customers

Principal Attorney at Guillermo J. Senmartin, P.A.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Attorney

17,183 satisfied customers

Multiple jurisdictions, specialize in business/contract disputes, estate creation and administration.

< Previous | Next >

Related Legal Questions
Johan van blommestein and I have to make sure I am not being
my name is ***** ***** van blommestein and I have to make sure I am not being scammed...... … read more
LawGuy
LawGuy
Juris Doctor
123 satisfied customers
I have received a message on Facebook, requesting that I
I have received a message on Facebook, requesting that I post money to an organization so as to win a non financial item. Is this a lottery, and if so does it apply to Federal Online Gaming laws? … read more
RobertJDFL
RobertJDFL
Attorney
Juris Doctorate
5 satisfied customers
I received a phone call from Mega Millions that I had won 3.5
I received a phone call from Mega Millions that I had won 3.5 million and a new Mercedes. The contact person is David Maryers and David Abandi at 1-(***) ***-**** or (***) ***-****. They sent me a doc… read more
LegalKnowledge
LegalKnowledge
Juris Doctor
30,965 satisfied customers
I had a mam call me and told me I won second prize reader
I had a mam call me and told me I won second prize reader digest 495 thousand dollars he wanted 9thousand900dollars this was be fore easter he said he work for thegov. down in florida his name XXXXX X… read more
Ellen
Ellen
Lawyer, Consultant
Doctoral Degree
8,238 satisfied customers
I was just contacted by what the caller said was a law firm
I was just contacted by what the caller said was a law firm in Detroit saying I have won $500,000 in sweepstakes money. The caller, a young woman, said a senior lawyer would get on the line to verify … read more
ScottyMacEsq
ScottyMacEsq
Doctoral Degree
17,940 satisfied customers
I WAS CONTACTED BY CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU TELLING
I WAS CONTACTED BY CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU TELLING ME THAT I HAD WON $650,000. IN APRIL 2012. I CONTACTED LAS VEGAS DIRECT SWEEPSTAKES AND THEY AGREED THAT I HAD WON IN 2012 AND THEY WOUL… read more
Alex Esquire
Alex Esquire
Managing Attorney
Doctoral Degree
153 satisfied customers
In August I received a letter from Readers Digest of Canada.
In August I received a letter from Reader's Digest of Canada. It informed me that I had won 1.5 million dollars. I am a retired teacher on a fixed income...I thought my "ship had come in". I was told … read more
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq.
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
44,266 satisfied customers
Someone call XXXXX XXXXXpinsky called and stated that my husband
Someone call XXXXX XXXXXpinsky called and stated that my husband won $280,000.00 from publishers clearinghouse. He stated that he was with the Federal Trade Commission. How do we really verify that. M… read more
Thomas Swartz
Thomas Swartz
Attorney
Juris Doctor
2,898 satisfied customers
I also received a letter with a Readers Digest logo with on
I also received a letter with a Reader's Digest logo with on return address with a check for 3965.10 from Farmers they ask me to call 1-XXX-XXX-XXXX and talk to Erin Cheng thay said I was on of three … read more
Tina
Tina
Doctoral Degree
83 satisfied customers
I have received a letter from Readers Digest indicating that
I have received a letter from Reader's Digest indicating that I was "one of three randomly selected finalalists." in their sweepstakes drawing. A check for $4,975.44, made out of a Bristol West Insura… read more
LawGuy
LawGuy
Juris Doctor
123 satisfied customers
We just received this in the mail today. A check was with
We just received this in the mail today. A check was with it for $4,876...now I am a bit of a nut I guess. I do give things away, but this doesn't seem right. Its from Publishers Sweepstakes Company i… read more
Brandon M.
Brandon M.
Attorney at Law
Juris Doctorate
12,463 satisfied customers
I hyave bee contacted by someone fro Publishers clearing house
I hyave bee contacted by someone fro Publishers clearing house saying I have won some money but nee to pay $1000 to get the money. How can I kow this is legit? Thanks, Teddy… read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
33,756 satisfied customers
Told that i won a sweepstakes for several million-sweepstakes
Told that i won a sweepstakes for several million-sweepstakes folks want ed $10,000 to cover notary and costs of distibution. I have been told that a lottery or sweepstakes that requests money up fron… read more
Brandon M.
Brandon M.
Attorney at Law
Juris Doctorate
12,463 satisfied customers
I have been told that I am winner in a sweepstakes from the
I have been told that I am winner in a sweepstakes from the Publishig Clearing House but I need to buy $1,500 in insurance for the winnings before they can give me the badge number of the federal agen… read more
Sam
Sam
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
10,701 satisfied customers
This is a first for me. Received a letter (at my home address)
This is a first for me. Received a letter (at my home address) from "Diamond Sweepstakes Prize Inc" out of United Kingdom. "Won $250k". I called the number..XXX-XX-XXXX185257....They then said "CALL O… read more
Legalease
Legalease
Attorney At Law
Doctor of Law w/ highest honors
15,719 satisfied customers
i received a call saying that i won $760 thousand in readers
i received a call saying that i won $760 thousand in readers digest/publishers clearinghouse sweepstakes. I remember entering it but they say that my name was chosen and i won and that i have to pay $… read more
Zoey, JD
Zoey, JD
Doctoral Degree
198 satisfied customers
I have received a notice to the effect that my husband has ...
I have received a notice to the effect that my husband has won in a Reader''s Digest sweepstakes. Usually I just throw away all of these notices due to scam artists. However this time they provided an… read more
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq.
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
44,266 satisfied customers
Can you tell me if the mail sweepstakes are legal. Are they ...
Can you tell me if the mail sweepstakes are legal. Are they on the up & up. I really get a lot & all request a "filing" fee. Is this for real or if it's legal… read more
Ed Johnson
Ed Johnson
Senior HR Consultant and Business Devlpm
Bachelor's Degree
6,994 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x