VICTIM OF ONLINE INTERNET FRAUD

Copy of Notice of Freight Rates
Copy of Notice of Freight Rates
Copy of "Certificate of Winnings"
Copy of "Certificate of Winnings"

WHAT HAPPENED WITH MY INTERNET SCAM

I recently became yet another victim on probably a long list of ONLINE INTERNET SCAMS. A few months ago, I received an e mail ( which I now know was in fact, an attempt at e mail fraud) from Freelotto. It said that I had won a large sum of money and would I please send them the information that they had requested below in their e mail. There was no mention of giving bank details on this e mail. I ignored this first e mail fraud letter. Then, I received another one only this time it said to open up as it was URGENT. This time I thought, as I was already a subscriber to Freelotto, maybe it was legitimate and I should respond to it. I therefore wrote back to the people who sent this e mail giving them the information they had asked for. To my surprise, I did receive a reply, but it wasn't telling me that they were indeed sending me the money that I had won. They were in fact, telling me that I had to send money for freight charges in order to receive the package that had my cheque inside

I wanted to believe with all my heart this this was as they had said in their e mail fraud letter, is both legitimate and real. I had heard of money scams, and credit card fraud, but I didn't have a credit card at the moment, so there was no problem there. I again considered the prospect of winning all this money, this would be the ultimate wealth package, well and truly. I bit the bullet and sent the freight.

NOTICE TO STOP DELIVERY

The following morning in my e mails I found an e mail from "Inland Revenue" London, informing me that they had stopped the delivery of my package due to the fact that there had not been any tax paid on this package. Then, the company that had sent me the previous internet fraud letter, also told me of this event. I immediately smelt a rat and sent another e mail to them expressing that they had lied to me, and this was indeed not legitimate, but an attempt at internet fraud, trying to extort money from me under false pretences. They responded again by saying no this is not a money scam or internet fraud, but a real and legitimate win in Freelotto's Daily Lottery, and I would thank them for talking me into it. If I did not claim this win within one week of this e mail being sent, it would be sent back to Freelotto's Office as unclaimed winnings. As further proof that this was legitimate and not an internet scam, he sent a scanned picture of a page of his Passport and a picture of himself sitting on his car.

I immediately did some checking to find out from the Inland Revenue Office if they were aware of this and to my disappointment I was informed by them that this indeed, sounded like a case of "PHISHING" (another word for online internet fraud) and that it would be advisable to leave it well alone.They advised me to make a scam report and not to give any personal details away, in case of any threat of identity theft of credit card fraud. However, my gut instinct was still telling me that it was for real and it was legitimate, so I went for it.

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT

Richard and I were starting to feel pretting excited by now, as we believed my package, with a cheque was finally on its way because we had done everything that had been required of us to do. However, as it turned out, this could not have been further from the truth. In fact, what happend next sent us in such a downward spiral, I FELT LIKE MRS. GULLABILITY OF THE YEAR 2009.

BOY WAS I SUCKED IN BIG TIME

Instead of getting the much anticipated package, I received yet another e mail from him which read, and I quote "Top of the day to you Pam, How are you today." He then went on to say what ended up being the most distressing news yet. He informed me that two of his delivery men had been detained at British Customs, where my package had been searched by Customs Officers. They had discovered that the package had vital documents with a large cheque. They said that due to the high content inside that it had to be duly stamped with a FIRST CLASS BRITISH STAMP DUTY, which would ensure me getting my package without any further stress or stoppage. The total cost of this was going to be, and this was the most startling news of all, "5,300.00" To say that I was surprised would be an understatement. He also said that it was to my own benefit to try and pay this money as soon as possible as the delivery men were waiting for confirmation from him and as soon as I had paid this, it would be picked up and sent to the British Customs Officers and the package would be stamped. He said to let him know when I was ready to make payment and he would let me know where I had to send the money to.

LAST ATTEMPT TO KEEP ME ON THE LINE

When I didn't respond to his last request for the stamp duty money, in his last attempt to get me to agree to pay this last and large amount of money,he sent me an e mail with the following information. He told me that his wife had given birth to a daughter on Friday and that he had spent so much money buying things for her, otherwise he would have helped me to pay for this stamp fee. He promised that there was nothing more to pay, but if by some accident, there did happen to be some other payment, then he would and I quote 'SELL MY CAR TO PAY THE FEE ON YOUR BEHALF, IF I DON'T HAVE THE CASH WITH ME'. I KNOW IT IS GOING TO BE HARD TO CONVINCE RICHARD TO PAY, JUST TRY ON YOUR OWN IF POSSIBLE TO HAVE THIS DONE AS POSSIBLE FASTER.' I could not believe what he was asking me to do. Here he had been trying to convince me that he was an honest and sincere person that I should believe that this this was legitimate and not a money scam, now he wanted me to go behind my husband's back. This showed me that he was indeed starting to get desperate for his money and all for the wrong reasons. However, he wasn't aware that I was now sure that this was not legitimate and indeed an attempt at an online internet scam, yes it was a real case of phishing.

WHERE THINGS ARE NOW

I have finally seen the light and also found out in my investigations that:

  1. British Customs Officers don't charge stamp duty on articles or packages, only on property and land.
  2. They don't stop delivery men at the airport
  3. Inland Revenue Office does not send out e mail letters requesting payment of tax, they would only sent a letter

I have kept all the emails both incoming and outgoing connected with this scam. I have also taken copies and given them to our local Police , who in turn are going to be in touch with their Fraud Squad. I am hoping that they will be able track down these conniving men and make them pay for what they have put me and my husband through. They have tormented me to the point of mental exhaustion,by preventing me from sleeping just about every night since this first started. I am also physically sick from my illness and the stress of this has exacerbated my depressive state, so much that I have had to see my Psychiatrist on more occasions than usual. He has also had to change m medication to help me cope with the ever mounting stress that has come with going through such a traumatic and life changing experience.

WARNING TO FREELOTTO SUBSCRIBERS

If you subscribe to Freelotto, please take notice of this hub, as I have written this with the intent of scaring people like you and others, away from getting sucked in liked I have. I know that what I did was silly, but please let this be an example to all of you and make sure that you have all the facts and are absolutely sure and without any doubt in your mind at all, that what you are being told is a legitimate deal and not JUST A SCAMMER OUT TO GET YOU. I don't say these words lightly as I would hate to see what has happened to me happen to anyone else. Please be very careful

BE ON THE ALERT FOR ONLINE INTERNET FRAUD OF E MAIL FRAUD

I WOULD HATE TO SEE SOMEONE TAKEN IN LIKE ME, HOOK, LINE AND SINKER.

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lorlie6 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Oh, boy, Beauty, please don't feel alone! I purchased my first computer ever last year and within no time began receiving heart-felt pleas for help from terribly distressed people all over the world. I answered them, unable to believe they were false, or ruses.

I realized though, that these pleas came from areas of the world that I had pledged to help on Facebook, etc. Somehow these people had gotten hold of my email and I was targeted. One specifically was an email from a gentleman-!-claiming that I was the last in 'my line' to inherit money. He had information about my family-now passed-that I still wonder about...anyhow, I wrote him back threatening him with legal action if this was a fraudulent correspondence. I never heard from the man again!

These people have ways and are unscrupulous in their scams. I have no idea how, but they seem to be able to track your interests.

So sorry you had to go through this, but it certainly led to an informative hub.

Thanks


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BEAUTYBABE 7 years ago from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. Author

No, Its not nice Laural. Too many of these scams are going on and these people are getting away with it. I am sorry to hear to you have been through similar problems. Maybe with more people reporting them to authorities, some of them will be caught and hopefully prosecuted.I too, have had several of those "would like you to be a benefactor of my will", and these are people we don't even have a connection with, as you said yourself Laural, they have no scruples.

I have blocked Mr. X from my gmail and stopped international calls in a bid to put a stop to this, we will have to see what happens with the police investigation.BB


masmasika 7 years ago

I have been receiving fraudulent mails everyday since the start of my writing career but I merely delete them. I'm sorry for what happened to you. But you have done the right thing in publishing your experience. This indeed will be a good lesson to learn from. Great hub.


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BEAUTYBABE 7 years ago from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. Author

Thank you I did it so that no one else would fall for the

same one if they came across it. BB


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itcoll 7 years ago

thankfully,i have never been a victim.And thanks for letting others know about the fraud :)


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sasta10 6 years ago from Manchester, UK

Hi, Laura this looks like a copy cat of the Nigerian Scam. I receive this kind of emails everyday but I never reply, it goes straight into the junk folder. They use many stories to convince you to reply and do what they say. I once even received on through mail which was sent from London but the person who sent it said he is from Nigeria. When I read the letter I got excited and even phoned the person (he provided his phone no on the letter, it was a mobile no). He sounded so real on the phone I almost thought it was real until I went on the internet to find out more. After some research I found out he got my details from a mailing list advertised on Exchange Mart Magazine and when I checked the stamp on the letter it had a date on which was only 2 days old and the stamp was a British stamp issued in England only. The stamp also had London stamped on it. That's how I found out it was a fraud, since then I always ignore these letters and emails. Thanks.

Mahbubur Rahman


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sasta10 6 years ago from Manchester, UK

Sorry got your name wrong BEAUTYBABE on my last message.

Thanks

Mahbubur Rahman


BEAUTYBABE 6 years ago

Thanks for the apology, a lot of people would not have bothered to do so, I really appreciate you doing that,it means so much that you came BB


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Teresa Laurente 6 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

I know, this is scary for me. But, internet has both sides, a double edged sword. Thank you for sharing this.


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Anytime I receive an email saying i won a lottery i never entered I delete it thanks for sharing your experience.


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BEAUTYBABE 6 years ago from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. Author

I would have to Coolmon only I subscribe to Freelotto, this was why I was so easily convinced it was a real win. I am glad you enjoyed it we all learn by these things don't we. It is so easy if you are with the people as well. BB


Haytham R. 6 years ago

I have been Fraud-ed by a Chinese Girl, her name is Kathleen Lin , and her company name is Beijing Kehua Science And Technology Co., Ltd. they sent me emails introduced them selves as a usb disk suppliers with a very good quality and low prices items, i bought 400 nice design with a good design flash drive and received nothing at all, they even blocked me and never answered my callas after that, please i need to have my 2000usd back. is there anyway??


Leese 4 years ago

I was just wondering BEAUTYBABE, was it an email you received first or an SMS? My husband received an SMS and we've done so much research to see if it was legit and we can't find anything on it being a scam.


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BEAUTYBABE 4 years ago from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. Author

Hello Leese,

I received an email first, no SMS at all.

I was well and truly taken in with this because everything seemed to be on the level.Then when things looked like that it was legitimate and I was going to get something, I suddenly smelled a rat. There is a site that you can find out whether or not the e mail you have received is in fact a scam.

Please look at this very, very carefully because usually if it seems too good to be true, it probably is and I would hate to think that you are going to heading down the same road as me and be very badly burned.

There is a lot of information on sites now with lots of e mails people have received and they send them to the website for fraud and scammers. This is the way other people can view them also and know straight away that what they have been sent is a scam and they send theirs in which alerts other people also.

The website that you should look at is:http://www.419scam.org/

This should help you. There is so much information and you can also go to a questions and answers section.

I hope you get it sorted out. But remember to be very careful .G00d Luck.

Beautybabe..


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BEAUTYBABE 4 years ago from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. Author

I am so sorry about what you have gone through. I didn't see your note here until now. I have been off line for some time due to ongoing terminal illness.

I can't really say what your chances are regarding these sort of occasions. However, I do hope by this time it may have been all worked out for you if you pursued it. However, if not, I do sympathise with you.

BB


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BEAUTYBABE 4 years ago from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. Author

Sorry about very late reply Teresa. Yes, I do agree with you and I hope you haven't let yourself get into this kind of scam and deception. BB

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    iskra1916 7 years ago from Belfast, Ireland.

    My God !

    How cruel these scam artists can really be is really shocking!

    I have had a few of these scam attempts but i usually just threaten to have them killed......

    Good luck and thank you for your hubpages article !

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